Regional Communication Infrastructure Program (RCIP) -UGANDA
The Regional Communication Infrastructure Program is a project supported by World Bank across 25 countries in East and Southern Africa to enhance connectivity and service delivery.
RCIP has already been implemented in many countries in the region; such as Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Malawi, among others.
The project is being implemented by the Government of Uganda through the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U) under the supervision of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MOICT)
RCIP in Uganda will expand broad band access and use in Uganda so that access to internet and internet supplied services can be made faster, available and affordable by Ugandans. RCIP will also expand e-Government services for improved (efficient and effective) service delivery for all citizens and businesses.
The following benefits are anticipated from the implementation of RCIP
•Increase in ICT sector investment and competitiveness and improved access to quality ICT services for citizens, businesses, and government resulting from a conducive enabling environment
•Improvement in productivity and service delivery across both public and private sectors as a result of shared services
•Employment - job creation in new areas through the construction and operation of networks and, importantly, by boosting entrepreneurship and self-employment
•Growth in the number of internet users, more intensive use of information-rich services with lower unit prices and greater choice
•Growth in locally-relevant content and applications due to faster, affordable and more accessible platform
•Financial savings from not having to build duplicate infrastructure at individual ministries/agencies as a result of shared public service delivery platform
•Improve in transparency and efficiency of procedures and practices supported by e-Government services
•New Services (e.g., mobile money and mobile banking or others) are likely to emerge or become more widely available to society