President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni last week launched cheap internet as an initiative to boost the information and communication technology in the region as the country prepare to make use of the Market created by the East African Community. The launch was in Koboko District for phase four of the national backbone infrastructure connectivity project for West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions.
The government of Uganda is partnering with the World Bank to connect internet to districts of Pakwach, Nebbi, Arua, Yumbe, Koboko, Adjumani, Katakwi and the border points of Oraba, Vurra and Mpondwe.
It is anticipated that this project will bring services closer to the local people and also provide international connections to neighbouring countries like DR Congo and South Sudan. Which countries have a great market opportunity to Uganda’s surplus as Rwanda Market declines due to worsening Uganda-Rwanda border relationships.
President Museveni explained the importance of internet access to the development of the country.
“Internet access is important because it comes with lots of opportunities especially for our young people. For example, Business Processing Outsourcing will become easier in these places, creating jobs for our young professionals like accountants and auditors.” President Museveni said.
“For the people of Koboko, your debt of a tarmac road all the way from Kampala has been settled. The debt of clean water is also cleared. We are working on that of electricity, which we shall supplement with solar power.” He explained.
Museveni expressed much interest in the development of the agricultural, industries, service and ICT sector opportunities to eradicate poverty.