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Message from the Executive Director

Dr.Hatwib Mugasa

First and foremost, I would like to thank the appointing authority, HE the President of Uganda, the Cabinet Minister, State Minister & Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance and the Board of NITA-U for entrusting me with the responsibility to steer NITA-U at the helm. I would also like to thank the staff at NITA Uganda and the Ministry of ICT&NG for the warm welcome you have given me.  I look forward to working closely with you as we continue to deliver on our mandate.

As we all know, NITA-U is at the forefront of transforming the livelihood and well-being of Ugandans through the use of ICT to enhance the delivery of public services to our citizens. This is in line with our strategic mandate to have all Government service delivered online. We plan to achieve this task by making a breakthrough in the ways we deliver this mandate.

Over the next five (5) years, we will consolidate and focus our synergies in rolling out the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) to all the one hundred and thirty-four (134) Districts across the country and target connectivity more than 50% of the planned 20,000 connection sites at the District and sub-county levels.

As a regulator for ICT in the Country, NITA-U will provide support to strengthen the ICT sector through harmonization of the laws, regulations, policies, standards and frameworks to create an enabling environment that will enhance and foster the adoption of online services in Uganda.

We plan to enhance the implementation of the National Information Security Framework (NISF) to protect our critical Information Infrastructure against any potential cyber threats. This will be achieved by enhancing our National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) as well as strengthening our local, regional and international collaborations on Information Security matters.

To enhance our IT Research and Innovation over the next five (5) years, specific emphasis and efforts will be channelled to the establishment of a National IT Park. This, we believe, will boost research in homegrown ICT solutions that will facilitate and drive the digital transformation agenda.

In summary, we will focus our effort in fast-tracking the extension of connectivity across the country and digitization of the Government of Uganda (GOU) services in order to transform the lives of our citizens. We will strive to build a high-speed National Backbone Infrastructure and adopt advancement in fibre optics technology. In view of this, NITA-U will integrate IT Security, Data Processing and e-Government Frameworks with the Backbone to achieve affordable and accessible IT services for the Government of Uganda.

As I take over the leadership of NITA-U today, I have confidence in the vibrant NITA-U team that I will be leading and appreciate the achievements of my predecessor. We will strive to build on these successes for the good of the ICT sector and our country Uganda.

I take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to our stakeholders, development partners & MDA/LGs and once again, thank the appointing authority for his trust in me to steer henceforth.