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  • 1. National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U)OVERVIEW OF THE IT SECTOR IN UGANDA AND THE ROLE OF NITA UINDUCTION RETREAT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENTARY SESSIONAL COMMITTEE ON ICT
    11th -13th AUG 2011, LAKE VICTORIA SERENA, LWEZA
  • 2. Outline of the presentation
    Overview of the IT sector
    Genesis of NITA U
    NITA –U Establishment
    On-going Initiatives
    Challenges
    Proposals for mitigating challenges
    Conclusion
    8/9/2011
  • 3. Outline of the presentation
    Describe point A – where we are currently
    Describe point B – where we want to take IT in Uganda in 3-5 years
    Describe the steps and actions that you want to take from point A to point B
    8/9/2011
  • 4. 1. OVER view of the IT sector
    Information Technology can be defined as the use of technologies to capture, store, retrieve and share information
    The technologies among others include but are not limited to ;
    Computers
    Facsimile
    Data conversion tools
    Systems control
    8/9/2011
  • 5. 1. OVER view of the IT sector Cont…
    The key players in Uganda’s IT sector can be categorized as;
    Policy Oversight – H.E The President, Cabinet, MoICT
    Legislators – Parliament
    MDAs and LG
    National Service Providers – IT infrastructure providers -Providers Broadband/Internet
    IT Support services – Software developers, provider of IT applications e-govt, e-commerce etc
    Development Partners
    Consumers – end users
    8/9/2011
  • 6. 2. GENESIS OF NITA U
    Despite revolution in the ICT sector experienced since the 1990s, the IT sub-sector has by and large remained underdeveloped.
    The subsector has been charaterised by;
    Under-developed IT infrastructure
    Absence of a clear vision for the development the IT sector
    Lack of clear strategy for the IT sector driving development of the country
    Lack of common standards & procedures
    Absence of a policy for private-public engagement in the sector
    The above were attributed to by lack of a specific champion for the IT subsector, and lack of separation of the policy, regulatory and implementation functions within the sector
    Its against the above reasons that NITA U was established
    8/9/2011
  • 7. 3. NITA U ESTABLISHMENT
    The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) was established by an Act of Parliament (National Information Technology Authority, Uganda Act of 2009).
    The statutory mandate of NITA-U is to;
    Coordinate, promote and monitor Information Technology (IT) developments in Ugandawithin the context of National Social and Economic development
    The Vision of NITA-U:
    A facilitator of a knowledge-based, globally competitive
    Uganda where social transformation and economic
    development is supported through Information
    Technology enabled service.
    8/9/2011
  • 8. NITA U ESTABLISHMENT CONT
    NITA U Key objectives include :
    To provide high quality Information Technology Services to Government;
    To Promote standardization in the planning, acquisition, implementation, delivery ,support and maintenance of information Technology equipment and services, to ensure uniformity in quality, adequacy and reliability of Information Technology usage in Government and throughout Uganda;
    To promote cooperation, coordination and rationalization among users and providers of Information Technology at National and Local level so as to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure optimal utilization of scarce resources; and
    To promote and be the focal point of co-operation for Information Technology users and providers at regional and International levels;
    To provide access to and utilization of Information Technology by the special interest groups.
    .
    8/9/2011
  • 9. NITA U ESTABLISHMENT CONT
    NITA U key functions include
    To provide first-level Technical support and advice for critical Government IT Systems including managing the utilization of the resources and infrastructure for centralized Data Center facilities for large systems
    To identify and advise Government on all matters of Information Technology Development, utilization and deployment including systems development, Information Technology Security, training and support
    To co-ordinate, supervise and monitor the utilization of the Information Technology in the public and private sectors;
    .
    8/9/2011
  • 10. NITA U ESTABLISHMENT CONT
    NITA U key functions include
    To regulate and enforce standards for Information Technology hardware and software equipment procurement in all Government Ministries, Departments, agencies and parastatals;
    To create and manage the national databank, its inputs and outputs
    To set, monitor, and regulate standards for information Technology planning, acquisition, implementation, delivery, support, organization, sustenance, disposal, risks management, data protection, security and contingency planning;
    To regulate the electronic signature infrastructure and other related matters as used in the electronic transactions in Uganda;
    To promote and provide technical guidance for the establishment of e-Government, e-Commerce and other e-Transactions in Uganda;
    .
    8/9/2011
  • 11. NITA U ESTABLISHMENT CONT
    NITA U key functions include
    To provide for information management services through acting as records management facility and information repository;
    To provide guidance in information technology audit services to Government;
    To provide guidance on the establishment of an infrastructure for information sharing by Government and related stakeholders;
    Note : The detailed objects and functions of the Authority are respectively spelt out in section 4 and 5 of the NITA-U Act
    .
    8/9/2011
  • 12. NITA U ESTABLISHMENT CONT
    8/9/2011
    Executive Director
    Director
    Legal &
    Regulatory
    Services
    Director
    Finance & Admin.
    Director Technical Services
    Director
    e-Govt. Services
    Director
    Research
    Planning & Dev’t
    Director
    Information
    Security
    .
  • 13. NITA U MEDIUM TERM PRIORITIES
    NITA-U’s the medium term priorities and focus for this Financial Year include :
    Operationalisation of NITA-U:
    Update of NITA-U Strategic Plan
    Effective management and operations of the authority through establishment of internal management and control procedures
    Provision of first level IT technical support to MDAs and LG
    BPO:
    Establishment of the Government BPO centre (300 seater) at Statistics House (3rd and 4th Floors)
    Establishment of the BPO incentives scheme for BPO operators in Uganda
    Update BPO Strategy
    Develop BPO standards and regulations
    Brand and market Uganda as a BPO destination
    8/9/2011
  • 14. NITA U MEDIUM TERM PRIORITIES Cont..
    IT Infrastructure development:
    Conduct Forensic and Security Audits of the NBI/EGI
    Commercialise Phase 1 & 2 of the NBI
    Procure and deliver bulk internet bandwidth to MDAs and LGs over NBI
    Implement Phase 3 of NBI
    Implement Masaka – Mutukula OFC connection as alternative route to sea cables
    Extending fibre and last mile solutions to critical sites that will drive accelerated value creation: District Head offices, Hospitals (District and Referral), Schools and Universities, Police (posts, prioritized stations and barracks), Research institutions
    8/9/2011
  • 15. NITA U MEDIUM TERM PRIORITIES Cont..
    8/9/2011
    Key
    Phase 1: Kampala Metroplitan Area (27 ministries), Entebbe, Jinja, Mukono and Bombo
    5 transmission sites
    Phase 2: Luwero, Nakasongola, Masindi, Gulu, Nimule, Lira, Soroti, Kumi, Mbale, Tororo, Malaba, Busia, Hoima, Kyenjojo, Fort Portal, Kasese, Bushenyi, Mbarara
    17 transmission sites
    Datacentre for NBI infrastructure
    Pilot for messaging & collab. tools
    Phase 3: Katuna, Kabale, Ntungamo, Masaka
    3 transmission sites
    MONUC (Entebbe)
    Network Operating Centre (NOC)
    Transmission sites
  • 16. NITA U MEDIUM TERM PRIORITIES Cont..
    E-Government:
    Conduct e-Government readiness survey
    Promoting an accelerated value creation program and usage of e-government services like: Messaging and Collaboration tools, Video conferencing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) , focused e-Government solutions and Smart Local Government solutions
    Establishment of the national databank
    Establishment of centraliseddata centre shared services for MDAs and LGs
    8/9/2011
  • 17. NITA U MEDIUM TERM PRIORITIES Cont..
    E-Government (cont’d):
    Development of the e-Government architecture blueprint
    Development of the e-Government application and technology roadmaps
    Establishment of an interoperability framework for e-Government infrastructure and systems across Government
    Continue DBICs rollout – future e-Government kiosks
    8/9/2011
  • 18. NITA U MEDIUM TERM PRIORITIES Cont..
    Regulatory environment:
    Establishment of National IT Standards & Regulatory Framework and Systems
    Operationalisation of the cyber laws and establishment of Public Key Infrastructure
    IT Programme Management:
    Establishment of a uniform and integrated framework and system for management of IT Programmes and Projects across Government.
    Capacity building:
    Strengthening IT capacity and skills development across Government
    Development of local IT industry capacity to support strategies and implementations to lower cost of support while creating jobs
    8/9/2011
  • 19. “Interoperable IT is our strategic intent, our rallying call for IT”
    We will measure interoperability across:
    Roadmap to Inter-operable IT
    What
    Proven Nationaldevelopment contribution
    How
    Benchmarkedperformance
    Who
    Recognised ITprofessionals
    Inter-operable IT
    Develop
    E-Govt
    “Isolated IT ”
    Create
    Enabling
    environment
    Build IT
    infrastructure
    Isolated IT
    1. Shared IT infrastructure services
    2. Interoperable IT systems in MDAs & LGs
    3. Lower maintenance
    Costs
    4. 80% of all MDA/LG offices interconnected
    “Develop e-Govt
    (G2C, G2G, G2B, G2E)”
    “Develop the regulatory environment”
    “Develop IT infrastructure to support National development programs”
    • Conduct e-govt readiness survey
    • 20. Messaging & collab. Tools, Video conf. , VoIP
    • 21. Establish national databank
    • 22. Develop e-govt architecture blueprint, appl. & tech. roadmaps
    • 23. Develop interoperability framework
    • 24. Develop e-govtsolutiions
    • 25. Operationalise the cyber laws
    • 26. Implement the Public Key Infrastructure
    • 27. Establish the National IT standards and regulatory framework
    • 28. Establish framework for management of IT Programmes
    1. Each MDA /LG
    use their own IT
    infrastructure
    2. Isolated IT
    systems in MDAs
    & LGs
    3. No interoperability
    between IT
    systems
    4. High maintenance
    costs
    • Operationalise NBI Phase 1 & 2
    • 29. Deliver bulk internet bandwidth for MDAs, LGs
    • 30. Implement Phase 3
    • 31. Implement last mile
    • 32. Develop national data centre & shared services for MDAs/LG
    • 33. Implement Masaka - Mutukula
    KNOW WHERE WE ARE
    KNOW WHERE WE WANT TO GET TO
    PLAN OUR STEPS
    MEASURE OUR PROGRESS
  • 34. E-Govt. - For every life situation..
    Criminalregister
    Marriage
    Child care
    Work
    Buying real estate
    Holidays
    Passport
    Moving house
    Voting
    Car
    Company start-up
    Building companies
    Tourism
    Driver's license
    Unemployment
    Removal companies
    University
    Job agencies
    Military or
    Alternative service
    Divorce
    Legal advice
    Apprentice-ships
    Pension
    Plan proposals
    Choosing
    a vocation
    Health ins.
    NSSF Social benefits
    Starting
    school
    LC Registration (?)
    LC Registration (?)
    Death
    ... a comprehensive range of offerings
    Birth
  • 35. 5.0 Key Challenges
    NITA-U is challenged by a number of set-up activities and this is to be expected for any new institution.
    The key challenges include:
    The role of NITA-U is still not yet well understood by most MDAs and LG, and this therefore still requires a lot of stakeholder engagements
    Inadequate financing reflected by unfunded priorities
    High public expectation vis-a vis resources available
    Rapid changes in technology
    Resistance to change from manual to electronic-enabled systems
    8/9/2011
  • 36. 6. mitigating challenges
    8/9/2011
  • 37. 6. mitigating challenges
    8/9/2011
  • 38. 7. Conclusion
    NITA U acknowledges the goodwill of all its stakeholders, the Executive, Parliament ( in particular Sessional committee on ICT), MDAs and LGs, Development Partners etc
    We do recognize the huge expectation about NITA U and we are readying ourselves to live up to this expectation.
    However, we wish to draw attention of our stakeholder to the fact that NITA U is still a young institution, and that it needs to be nurtured.
    As we take up the mantle of driving the transformation of Uganda into a knowledge-based economy, its our humble appeal to all stakeholders to uphold the support so far offered to NITA U.
    Lastly, we appeal for support to ensure that we mobilize the required funding to support the programs we have set before ourselves, in order to deliver the mandate of NITA-U
    8/9/2011
  • 39. END
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION
    FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY
    8/9/2011