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ICT lobby group to be launched

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th May 2013 08:06 PM

The ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU), a sector lobby group will be officially launched tomorrow Thursday May 16, 2013 at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel during a breakfast meeting.

By David Mugabe
 
The ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU), a sector lobby group will be officially launched tomorrow Thursday May 16, 2013 at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel during a breakfast meeting.
 
The ICT sector including some sub-sectors like Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs) have been identified as key contributors to dealing with the huge unemployment in the country. 
 
Albert Mucunguzi, the acting general secretary of the association said in a statement that the ICTAU is an initiative formed by private individuals from Uganda with the main objective of building the professionalization of the ICT sector in Uganda.
 
Mucunguzi said the association is to provide stewardship to individuals and organisations engaged in ICT in the private sector, as well as offering advisory services to the government on policy based-issues.
 
“The ICTAU seeks to become the foremost and largest forum for ICT practitioners, managers, entrepreneurs, researchers and policy makers to share knowledge and experience on development informatics in Uganda by working with various stakeholders to be able to improve standards in the country,” said Mucunguzi.
 
Uganda’s ICT sector is a fast growing unit with a vibrant private sector that has made major inroads even with a sometimes unfavourable operating environment including state policy. 
 
Also, the lack of a strong lobby group has denied this potentially multi-job creating sector the voice to push for a more business friendly environment.
 
The ICTAU founder members formed an interim committee to spearhead the setup of the association and conduct membership recruitment activities. 
 
“We have been working with some industry stakeholders, and as you will learn in the coming days, we are now at a very exciting period of the Association,” said Mucunguzi.
 

ICT lobby group to be launched

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