Two experts from Microsoft Corporation, the worldâ€™s leading computer software company, are in Uganda at the invitation of the Prime Minister, Apolo Nsibambi.
They are Dean Wolson, the technical specialist for the west, east and central African region and the Enterprise Business Manager for the same region, George Muhia.
Dr. Maggie Kigozi, the Uganda Investment Authority executive director said yesterday, â€œThey were invited by the Prime Minister to come and help government to identify the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) gaps after which they will make recommendations to government for implementation.â€
Nsibambi was recently in the United States to attend the fourth biennial US-Africa business summit that focussed on assisting US and African companies to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
Kigozi told the visitors at the UIA head office in Kampala the gaps in the ICT sector included introduction of E-government and training.
â€œWe have got seventeen universities producing 10,000 graduates who need training, we are looking at expanding software production, IT exports, data collection and establishment of information and technology centres throughout the country,â€ she said.
Wolson said they will hold talks with ministries and government departments to gather data and see where value needs to be added.
â€œThis is how we are going to add value to the already existing ICT structures in government and add on new ones. We shall make recommendations that government will have to implement,â€ he said.
The leading shareholder in US-based Microsoft Corporation is Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest people in the world.
Microsoft Experts Here To Talk On ICT