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ICT and The 2009 /10 Financial Budget - Government of Uganda PDF Print E-mail

ImageIn her budget speech, the minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Syda Bumba said the thrust of the Financial Year 2009/10 Budget  (read full budget in new window) is therefore based on the following policy initiatives:

i) Increasing agricultural productivity and production,

ii) Increasing agro-processing and value addition,

iii) Increasing investment in infrastructure and human resource development to facilitate regional trade and economic growth.

Given the limited resources, Government must allocate its resources to those priorities that will enable it to produce public goods that will stimulate economic growth and development. In accordance with the 2006 Manifesto, the NRM Government will therefore increase investment in infrastructure, scale up interventions in agriculture and ensure that quality public services which are responsive to the needs of the business community, including good governance and the development of the human resource, are delivered.

The budget affected the ICT sector in 3 main ways:

1. Infrastructure
In the are of Information and Communication Technology the main priority, in the financial year 2009/10, will be the completion of the inter-connectivity of the entire country.  This project involves laying of over 1500 km of optical fibre to link most major towns in the country including Luwero, Nakasongola, Masindi, Hoima, Kyenjojo, Fort Portal, Mbale, Tororo, Busia, Kumi, Soroti, Kaberamaido, Lira, Apac and Gulu.  It will also provide connectivity to the national backbone of Kenya for linkage to the East African sub-marine cable. This will enhance the efficiency in transfer of information, and consequently lower the cost of doing business.

2. Content development
To support the the development of film industry, import duty on film equipment shall be remitted to 0 percent.  This will give incentives to the filming industry and also create employment for the youth in the region.

3. Environment
A ban is being imposed on old computers, freezers and refrigerators. However a three month moratorium to enable goods in transit and in bonded warehouses be cleared has been allowed.   "We owe protection of our environment a duty and we cannot relax on this front. I seek your understanding that together, we safeguard our environment or else we shall pay an immense price in the future. The details are contained in the Finance Amendment Bill." added the minister

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