Hon. Minister of ICT&NG meets ICT innovators

On Tuesday 30th August, 2016, the Ministry of ICT& NG in conjunction with Uganda Communications Commission organized a meeting with ICT Innovators.

The purpose of the meeting was:

  1. To know one another;
  2. To see whether it is necessary to form an ICT Innovators Forum; and 
  3. iii. Discuss a framework which government can adopt so that it can put in place a policy on how to support innovations.

Speaking at the meeting, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze said part of the sh500bn President Yoweri Museveni pledged for science and technology in his manifesto will be used for ICT innovation.

“H.E promised 500bn innovation fund for 5 years, there is about 170bn and it is for the whole spectrum of innovators.  Recently, I put a case to Cabinet and said that ICT as a subsector should be party and benefit from the funds. I want to tell you that the President and Cabinet unanimously approved that” Frank Tumwebaze said.

He informed them that, the only challenge is how government can support innovators and in particular, should it support them?

“Is everything being tried worth supporting?” Hon. Frank Tumwebaze asked 

He urged innovators to ensure that they dominate the internet because if they are not dominating it, other people will misuse the service.

He concluded by informing them that the  main purpose of organizing the forum was to put in place a framework for discussing serious business between government and the private sector.

“What can we do if government is to support innovation? What eligibility criteria should that innovation meet?”

Some of the innovators who have succeeded from the other forums were also invited to share testimonies. The innovators however, pointed at limited funds as a major problem facing their day-to-day work, and called for government support. 

Mr. Tonny James Lubwama, an official from Uganda Registration Services Bureau, said innovations can only grow if other people are given a chance to contribute to the existing inventions.

At the end of the meeting, the following were agreed upon:

  1.  An innovators forum was established and will be clustered in different sectors of innovations like health, technology, agriculture, among others.
  2.  It was also agreed that the secretariat be hosted by Uganda communications Commission.