Uganda recently entered into a partnership with the People’s Republic of China, aimed at accelerating development, fostering collaboration, and embracing digital transformation.
In a conversation with us, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister for Information, Communication Technology, and National Guidance, highlighted the government’s commitment to enhancing internet accessibility across the nation.
Dr. Baryomunsi affirmed, “China’s advanced technology and expertise in internet connectivity have been pivotal in establishing the necessary infrastructure in Uganda. This collaboration will usher in new infrastructure, training, equipment, and services for all Ugandans.”
He continued, “We are working diligently to bridge the urban-rural digital divide by partnering with Chinese companies to expand internet access. Our goal is to ensure every Ugandan enjoys seamless internet connectivity, and we are erecting additional towers to achieve comprehensive coverage.”
The formal agreement was inked in Beijing on October 19 during the China-Africa Digital Capacity-Building Cooperation Forum.
As of June 2022, the Uganda Communication Commission’s Market Performance report revealed that around 20 percent of Uganda’s population, approximately 10.9 million individuals, had internet-enabled devices.
Dr. Baryomunsi emphasized that this collaboration will extend internet connectivity to rural areas, ultimately reducing internet costs.
He stated, “To uplift the quality of life for Ugandans, we envision a societal transformation from agrarian to modern by 2040. We aspire to witness digital integration in all government entities, ministries, and agencies.”
Mr. Jin Zhuanglong, the Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology, expressed his commitment, saying, “We will strengthen policy exchanges, foster the China-Africa Digital Forum, leverage our combined strengths, and create a conducive business environment.”