Launch of the E-gov Awards

Peter Kahiigi, Director eGovernment Services represented NITA-U Executive Director

In a bid to enhance service delivery through the use of E-Government, the National Technology Authority (NITA-U), on 28th May 2019 the NITA E-government Excellence Awards at Skyz Hotel, Naguru.

Themed “Bold Digital Government: Unlocking Service Delivery”, the awards will recognize the various Government agencies that have played a remarkable role in availing online government services to the public.

The month long celebration of eGovernment will culminate with an eGovernment co

nference followed by a glamorous awards ceremony slated for 27th June, 2019.

Categories

The following are the award categories that the Government agencies will compete for:

Award Category

  1. Outstanding Web-portal Award
  2. E-service Excellence 
  3. E-Government Agency of the Year
  4. E-Government Citizens’ Choice Award
  5. Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year

E-Gov Expo

As part of the celebration, there will be an eGovernment expo on 20th June 2019 and 21st June 2019. At this expo, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will showcase their e-services and the journey taken thus far. This event will attract both public and private sector players: MDAs, Academia, Innovators, Telecoms, Fintech companies showcasing the future in digital governance.

Venue: Garden City  

Exhibitors: 50 exhibitors comprising of Ministries Departments and Agencies, Private companies, Academia, Innovation Hubs will all participate in the 2 day expo

Speaking at the launch, Representing NITA-U Executive Director, Peter Kahiigi, said: “The main objective of the awards is to share experiences with various Government entities across the country with a vision of innovative administration, access to information and enhanced service delivery through the application of e-Government.”

“The environment is ripe for the Government to have an expanded online presence. Citizens can now access information easier with more than 70% of Ugandans having mobile phones, 98% of Government offices having fully functional websites; 319 government applications are up and running. 81 e-Government services are now accessible through the e-citizens portal. The National Backbone infrastructure stretches over 3000 Kilometers across 60 towns, connecting 415 government offices’’, Saaka added.

 Panel discussion focusing on the theme: Bold digital Government: Unlocking service delivery.

The awards will be preceded by a four week campaign which will focus on sensitizing the Government, public and private sectors on the critical role ICTs play in transforming service delivery, job creation and accelerating socio-economic development.  The campaign will include an exhibition dubbed the “the e-government expo that will provide an opportunity for Government ministries departments and agencies to showcase Government online services. The expo will also attract innovators, academia, Fintech, academia to showcase their prospects for digital governance.

“It’s time to appreciate and recognize performing entities but as well motivate those entities that are not yet in this digital space” Saaka noted

Speaking at the event, Peter Kahiigi, Director e-Government services said; “According to the United Nations e-Government survey 2018, Uganda’s online service index improved from 50% in 2016 to 57% in 2018 which puts the country in the high online service index bracket. The survey also indicated that Uganda’s e-Government development index (EGDI) improved from 36% in 2016 to 41% in 2018, which is above the African average of 34%. Uganda is currently ranked number one in Africa in cyber security by the global national cyber security index.

“This highlights the positive headway made in our collective effort to digitize Uganda. Our aim is to continue enabling the lives of Ugandan citizens by demystifying the concept of the use of ICT through the provision of reliable and consistent online government services. These awards will recognize the strides made in that journey”

Huawei Uganda, Executive director Liu Jiawei affirmed Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd’s  commitment to supporting Ugandans bring services online.

“Huawei fully appreciates the role ICT plays in developing countries and we are always eager to promote activities that can transform service delivery through the use of ICTs. That is why we partnered with NITA-Uganda on this"

Important dates to note during the campaign:

No.

Activity 

Dates

Venue

1.

Launch of e-Government Awards

28th May 2019

Skyz Hotel Naguru

2.

Expo for Government e-Services

20th & 21st June 2019

Garden City Rooftop

3.

Conference and Awards

27th June 2019

Speke Resort Munyonyo

Voting