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Embrace the digital age, ICT minister urges Ugandans

20 November 2012

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Uganda's minister for Information and Communication Technologies, Ruhakana Rugunda wants Ugandans to go digital by fully adopting paperless communication in their everyday lives.

Speaking at a stakeholders' meeting held at the Ministry of ICT in Kampala on Nov. 14 ahead of the Africa ICT Week, Rugunda noted that Ugandans just like other citizens around the world are living in an Information Society, where ICT tends to render paperwork redundant.

However, he observed that the amount of paper that continues to flow from the mailbox into people's files and homes on a daily basis remains high.

A paperless society is one in which paper communication - written documents, mail, and letters, is replaced by electronic communication and storage.

Besides its obvious contribution to saving the environment through reduction of deforestation, a wholly digitized society could provide a more democratic access to professional journals, newspapers, magazines, books and databases, notes a statement from the Uganda Communications Commission, the country's communication regulatory body.

Rugunda encouraged Ugandans to take advantage of the Africa ICT Week to embark on a paperless society.

"I may not pay attention to paper correspondence sent to me during the Week," he said.

However, the minister expressed optimism at the degree of development in Uganda as far as going digital is concerned.

"Today, many people in Uganda pay their bills, buy goods and services as well as take classes online. Phone books, to-do lists, greeting cards, letters and calendars have all gone digital," he said.

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SOURCE: AllAfrica

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