has approved Uganda Shillings 68 billion towards the establishment of
broadband infrastructure and connectivity at tourism sites.
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.
made the statement while presenting the cimmittee report on policy statement from the national guidance ministry for the 2019/2020 financial year on Thursday.
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.
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.
in: “It is not possible…
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.
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.
also approved Uganda Shillings 7 bn to enhance ICT innovation programs.
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.
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).