MDA’s showcase E-government services

In Summary
  • Agencies had an opportunity to engage with clients
  • Exhibition will help to facilitate access to online services for citizens
  • e Government  improves accessibility and eliminates barriers to accessing public services
PS Ministry of ICT Dr. Aminah Zawedde,(veiled) alongside Collin Babirukamu ,Dir. E-gov services
Image: Courtesy Photo

National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-Uganda) hosted a successful  E-Government Excellence Expo at the Garden city Rooftop under the theme “Bold Digital Government”, Disruptive technologies.

The event that attracted close to 30 exhibitors, and was officially opened by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of ICT & National Guidance Dr. Aminah Zawedde .

At the expo, she noted that E-Government  improves accessibility and eliminates barriers to accessing public services by reducing discrimination and promoting both inclusion and efficiency of service delivery adding that her ministry will continue ensuring the adoption of online services across all of Government.

Journalist Edwin Muhumuza interviews NMS's head of IT,Kisuze Steven
Image: Kevin Ajuna

It presented a remarkable platform where ministries, departments and agencies had an opportunity to engage with clients and share their service delivery experience as well as their advancement in leveraging technology. 

The event was also graced by the Chairperson of the ICT committee of parliament Hon. Moses Magogo .

Speaking at the same event, the Executive Director at the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda said that the exhibition will help to facilitate access to online services for citizens and encourage people from all walks to life to come and use the existing e-services.

NIRA,ED, Rosemary Kisembo(extreme right)joins NITA-U ED,Hatwib Mugasa
Image: NITA-UG

In his remarks about the subsequent webinars at the expo, on new technology, he remarked that disruptive technologies such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, all can be used to facilitate economic recovery and growth in Uganda.

About some of the digital Projects Showcased;

Airqo staff at the expo, Maclina Birungi(right)and a colleague
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Airqo : Using Artificial Intelligence to monitors air pollution through low-cost air quality monitors and providing real-time air quality information. Previously it was difficult to quantify the scale of air pollution in Uganda due to scarcity of data but today you can instantly access this data through their digital platforms, Monitor the patterns of air quality and make evidence-based decisions.

The National Review Building Board at the expo
Image: Kevin Ajuna

National Building Review Board : Developed a Building Industry Management System Before a developer would take months identifying a building professional. Now with the system a developer logs onto for all Building approvals.

URA's. Assistant Commissioner Public & Corporate Affairs, Ian Rumanyika
Image: Edwin Muhumuza

URA : Improved efficiencies in tax administration  by adding to the URA App the Authority is now on WhatsApp making it more convenient for citizens no Interact and engage on issues of TAX Admin No. is +256772140000

ICT,parliamentary Committe Chairman, Moses Magogo at the expo
Image: Edwin Muhumuza

National Medical Stores: Through the CSSP system received on average 87% orders of medical supplies, before the system was commissioned NMS used to receive approximately 30% orders for medical supplies. Previously, government health facilities ordered medicines from NMS using paper-based systems, which were not only tedious, but prone to delays.