Nairobi: Uganda has been re-elected to the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) Administrative Council for the 2019 – 2022 Council Cycle. Elections were held at the just concluded 5th Ordinary session of the African Telecommunications Union conference of the Plenipotentiaries in Nairobi, Kenya. At the same meeting, John Omo from Kenya has been elected as the incoming Secretary General of the Union.
ATU is a specialized agency of the African Union that deals with ICT. It provides a forum for stakeholders involved in ICT to formulate effective policies and strategies.
The Minister of ICT and National guidance Hon. Frank Tumwebaze who led a delegation of officials from Uganda noted that this re-election is a manifestation of strategic partnerships Uganda holds at regional and International level. He further pledged Uganda’s committment and continued support to building strong ICTs for Africa.
Speaking earlier at the African ICT Ministers’ panel, Hon Tumwebaze pitched governments’ need to recognize ICT infrastructure as a public good. Tumwebaze reiterated Uganda’s aspiration to be a modern and prosperous society by 2040. The National development plan now in its 2nd 5-year cycle continues to prioritize ICT infrastructure development.
The thematic areas of the round table included; Assessment of the state of development of the ICT industry in Africa, Challenges of regulation of the digital economy, Issues of Protection of Personal Data and Issues of Mobile Roaming in Africa.