November 29, 2022
On November 11, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Republic of Uganda in Kampala for the ICT Industry Promotion Project, a technical cooperation project.
Uganda is a landlocked agricultural country in East Africa where approximately 70% of the working population is engaged in agriculture and continues to achieve economic growth against a backdrop of population growth. However, the youth unemployment rate is extremely high at 13.3%, making industrial development to create new jobs a pressing issue.
This project will provide technical cooperation that supports the Ugandan government's efforts to improve the environment for promoting the ICT industry, develop ICT human resources, and support private companies and entrepreneurs in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, and surrounding areas. It also aims to promote Uganda’s ICT industry through networking with local private associations, academic institutes, and foreign companies, and by forming a growth model for the industry. The project will contribute to the achievement of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Goals 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure).
Details for the project are provided below.
|Country||Republic of Uganda|
|Project title||ICT Industry Promotion Project|
|Planned implementation period||48 months|
|Executing agency||Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and National Guidance, Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology|
|Target region||Kampala City and its environs|
|Specific project details (provisional)||Policy proposal for enabling the environment to support a tech-enabled service industry, provision of practical training programs for ICT human resources development, promotion of business matching between local and foreign companies, and strengthening of technology-driven entrepreneurship in Uganda.|