NITA-U Strategic Plan 2012/13 – 2017/18

World over, there is a new wave of development that is driven neither by endowment to precious natural resource nor availability of conventional industrialization factors but rather by emerging Information and Communication Technology (ICT). ICT can help developing countries to leapfrog stages of development and immediately usher into First World Economies.

There is increasing evidence of relatively resource-poor countries that have succeeded building competitive economies by leveraging on ICT such as South Korea and Singapore. Globally, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is increasingly playing a pivotal role in the socio-economic transformation and development of societies. Research has showed that there is a strong positive relationship between investment in ICT and growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The 2009 World Bank study showed that the impact of increasing ICT usage to GDP was higher in Low and Middle Income Countries than in High-Income economies.

For example, increasing broadband access and internet usage by 10% was projected to respectively increase GDP by 1.38 and 1.12 points in Low and Middle
income countries as opposed to 1.21 and 0.77 points, in High- income countries.

Government of Uganda has prioritised ICT as one of the primary growth drivers of economy and key strategy for improving efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery to citizens with the eventual goal of attaining a knowledge-based economy. This is clearly enshrined in all key national development strategies such as the Uganda Vision 2040, the National Development Plan (2010/11-2014/15) and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Manifesto.

Government has also built and strengthened the institutional framework for policy coordination, regulation and implementation of priority ICT programmes and projects in the country. It is constituted by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), Posta Uganda and the Uganda Institute for Information and Communications Technology (UICT).

National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) is the principle statutory agency responsible for the coordination, promotion and monitoring the development of Informational Technology (IT) in Uganda in the context of social and economic development of the country. It was established by the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) Act 2009 and operationalized in 2010 with the appointment of Board of Directors and recruitment of key managerial staff.

The years immediately succeeding its establishment were largely devoted to set-up activities including recruitment of staff, establishment of operational manuals and implementation of start-up projects. Going forward, NITA-U has developed a five-year Strategic Plan to guide its interventions in Uganda’s IT subsector for the period 2013/14 to 2017/18.

The overall goal of the plan is to identify and execute measures where IT can be leveraged upon to drive social and economic transformation of Uganda into a globally competitive knowledge-based society. Institutionally, the plan also aims at strategic positioning of NITA-U at the helm of IT revolution in the country.

The NITA-U strategic plan is the single reference document that spells out the five year strategic direction (goals, strategic objectives etc) of the authority and details the priority interventions to be executed to meet the set target performance.

This document contains an abridged/popular version of the strategic plan. The document contains the priority activities (goals, objectives and interventions), an estimate of the required investment, the anticipated outcomes and the institutional arrangement needed to deliver on the commitment and performance indicators and targets.