The National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U) has introduced new Awards dubbed eGovernment Excellence Awards aimed at motivating government agencies and ministries to put more energy into the efforts towards ramping up digital services.
Launched under the theme “Bold Digital Government: Unlocking Service Delivery”, the Awards’ main objective is “to share experiences with various Government entities from across the country, who share a vision of innovative administration, access to information and enhanced service delivery through the application of E-Government,” said James Saaka, the executive director of NITA-U.
Through eGovernment Excellence Awards, the Authority also wants to create awareness of eGovernment services, drive adoption and use of eGovernment services.
Additionally, NITA-U wants to understand how ICTs can help transform Uganda and accelerate the country’s job & wealth creation and socio-economic development as well as celebrate achievements in e-government and public service delivery Services.
Statistics from the Authority show that there has been a major boost in government online presence, with 98% of MDAs and LGs having fully functional websites and 319 government applications are up and running.
81 e-government services have been rolled out and are accessible through the e-citizens portal www.ecitizen.go.ug, according to the statistics.
A recent report by the Uganda Communications Commission also indicated a 38% increase in internet penetration and the National IT survey (2017/2018) revealed that almost 24.8 million Ugandans own mobile phones.
As part of the E-Government Excellence Awards, NITA-U will hold a month-long campaign culminating into an award ceremony.
A number of activities will be unveiled in the course of this first-of-its-kind project.
Apart from the launch of the campaigns, the other keys ones are the expo for Government e-Services, which will take place on June 20 & 21 at Garden City Rooftop and a conference and Awards ceremony that will be held on June 27 at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.