In a bid to enhance information and communications technology (ICT) development, the government of Uganda, through the ministry of ICT is set to establish an innovation fund to assist young innovators.
John Nasasira, Ugandan ICT Minister, revealed the information during the fifth edition of the ACIA awards gala dinner held last week. According to him, “My ministry has now developed a five-year ICT Sector Strategy and Investment Plan. Under the plan, an innovation fund will be established to assist young innovators.”
Nasasira further commended the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for steps taken to improve the culture of creativity and analytical thinking in young people.
“Let us together strive to raise a generation of innovators and entrepreneurs rather than job seekers,” he added. ICT has been recognized within Uganda’s Vision 2040 as an industry that can enable job creation, facilitate economic growth and increase productivity.
Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director of UCC revealed that growth in the number of entrants into the awards further compelled UCC to continue facilitating the growth of ICT innovation in Uganda.
Encouraging innovators to embrace the opportunity, he said: “We encourage all innovators or inventors in Uganda to step forth and bring your innovation to platforms like this one, which facilitate collaboration, learning, access to investors and of course reward for the efforts made.”
Michael Niyitegeka revealed improvement in the quality and quantity of the submissions, but noted that future entrants needed to pay more attention to the categories and avoid submitting in the wrong ones. The platform has so far seen an aincrease in the number of submission, as it has grown from 163 entrants in 2013 to 281 last year and 398 entries for this year’s edition.