A third of the worldâ€™s population have not realised the benefits of using information and communications technology as a tool for development, the ICT minister, Dr. Ham Mulira, has observed.
â€œAs governments, the private sector and international organisations, we have a role to play to transform this digital divide into digital opportunities for national development and enhancement of regional integration,â€ he said.
Mulira said this at a ministerial conference on the theme: â€œApproaches to national ICT policy, laws and institutions in an era of technology convergence and regional integration,â€ at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe.
Ministers from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan and Tanzania attended.
Members of The Research ICT Africa, a network of African researchers who have compiled a report from 10 countries on the theme, â€œTowards an African e-Index: ICT access and usage, 2005,â€ also attended.
He said: â€œFew would disagree that technology underpins the unprecedented levels of prosperity enjoyed by the developed countries.â€
â€œICTs have been key enablers of globalisation, facilitating flow of information,â€ Mulira added.
Mulira wants ICT benefits spread out