Low computer literacy levels worry Uganda minister
- Published on 27 June 2012
Uganda’s low computer literacy levels are hampering the economic development of the East African country, according to Uganda’s minister of information and communications technology (ICT).
The minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, said the computer literacy rate of 15% in a population of 34 million was not viable to grow prospects of the ICT sector, such as e-commerce.
He nonetheless said that government will strive to ensure that Ugandans harness usage of ICT especially e-commerce, which he says is critical to national development.
Minister of Trade and Investment, Amelia Kyambadde, said low energy supply, unreliable internet connection and low computer literacy are hampering the growth of e-commerce.
Kyambadde said it was high time industry players supported government in ensuring that e-commerce becomes a bona fide segment of business.
“E-commerce is indeed a catalyst for trade facilitation and Uganda has the infrastructure and policies in place however accessing these resources for business and trade by the majority of Ugandans still remains a maze,” she added.