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Parliament Approves UGX 68 Bn for broadband Infrastructure in National Parks

Parliament has approved Uganda Shillings 68 billion towards establishment of broadband infrastructure and connectivity at tourism sites.
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Parliament has approved Uganda Shillings 68 billion towards the establishment of broadband infrastructure and connectivity at tourism sites. 

Annet Nyakecho, the chairperson Parliamentary Committee on Information, Communications and Technology, says tourists who visit different sites including national parks want to keep in touch with their people back home.    

Nyakecho made the statement while presenting the cimmittee report on policy statement from the national guidance ministry for the 2019/2020 financial year on Thursday.   

"While at the different tourism sites, these visitors want to capture live videos and pictures and share them with family and friends,” Nyakecho told the house.

According to Nyakecho, most or the people who run the tourism sites and national parks among others do not have enough funding to support the internet project.

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Parliament approved the committee report.

Frank Tumwebaze, the ICT minister, says Government’s plan is to take internet fiber to the tourism sector in the next phase of the national Back Bone extension after successfully connecting Kampala. 

It is expected that after extending the infrastructure to the tourism sites, Government will then engage telecom companies to operate it.

He also said Government's intention is to ensure that tourists make calls and have easy access to the online world.  

Parliament also approved Uganda Shillings 7 bn to enhance ICT innovation programs.

In the same report that was adopted without debate, the committee recommended appropriation of Shillings 40.2b for the Ministry budget in the next financial year.   

Government allocated Shillings 83 billion to the  National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), Shillings133bn  to Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Shillings 20 bn to Posta Uganda and Shillings 10 bn  to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC).   

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