While speaking at a one-day workshop themed: Enabling e-Governance in Uganda at the International Conference Centre in Kampala, Dr Maggie Kigozi, the executive director of Uganda Investment Authority said that e-governance is the most effective way of reducing costs in running public affairs from the lower levels of government to the central government.As there are only four districts in Uganda that have access to e-governance; Kayunga, Mbarara, Mbale and Lira, ” Expenditure on local government affairs can reduce by 10 percent if e-Governance is promoted in all the 56 districts,” she mentioned.
She asked government to speed up the process of e-governance in every district and asked district leaders to embrace the system to cut cost and time.She added said that e-governance will also lead to skill development on Information Communication Technology. Mr Reza Bardien, the Microsoft education programme manager for Africa and Middle East, said that most governments in Africa do not have budgets for ICT. “As such ICT development and usage is still very low and isolated in the continent because the initiatives being undertaken to develop ICTs in the entire continent of Africa are largely in the hands of NGOs and foreign missions,” Bardien said. He said that Microsoft has made a budget of $250 million for human resource development worldwide in countries that have signed memorandum of understanding with Microsoft.The programme helps countries to put infrastructures like schools and training institutions for ICT. The Minister of State for Communications, Mr Michael Werikhe, said government is to use online systems to promote e-governance and computer use in the country through public-private partnerships. “This partnership must start at the lower levels and through education for effective use of on line e-governance. An integration of labour market services enabling citizens to benefit from one stop center service,” he said. He said that government's strategy in the promotion of e-governance, based on Customer Resource Management strategy, will transform Uganda into a customer centric country that delivers services tailored specifically to the needs of its citizens and serve as the foundation on which e-governance models will be based. The partnership of the public and the private will provide answers to challenges of lack of suitably qualified staffs and financial constraints.”It can also provide a significant increase in the demand for labour market services particularly with regards to the services rendered by the private sector,” he said.