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MAAIF discusses NITA’s e-Government excellence awards

Panellists including Mr. Martin Sekajja from Kampala Capital City Authority, Mr. James Kizza from the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Mr. Amos Mpungu from MAAIF access e-Government excellence awards on Thursday in Kampala. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA – Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has on Thursday held Panel Discussions of the E-government Awards organised by the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U).

The panel on success factors for ICT included Mr. Martin Sekajja from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Mr. James Kizza from the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Mr. Amos Mpungu from MAAIF.

The NITA eGovernment Excellence awards program was designed with the objective of creating awareness of eGovernment services across the citizenry and within the different spheres of Public sector.

NITA-U on Tuesday, May 28 unveiled its annual Government excellence awards at Naguru in Kampala.

Under the theme “Bold Digital Government: Unlocking Service Delivery”, the awards pre-activities were set to run for one month from May 28 to the awarding day of June 28, 2019.

Peter Kahiigi, the acting Executive Director NITA-U, remarked that the awards are aimed at recognizing and rewarding the outstanding Government agencies that are implementing the use of online platforms to enhance service delivery to citizens

“We will recognize top government entities that have championed eGoverment. Over the one month, you are going to hear amazing stories that are happening within the government to transform service delivery.” Peter Kahiigi said.

Mr. Kahiigi added that as part of this campaign, NITA-U will hold a two-day exhibition dubbed as the E-Government Expo which will be held on the 20th and 21st of June at Garden City.”

The awarding process according to NITA-U will include 75 nominations under 7 categories and 4 awards to be given out.

The categories include best eService under sectors of Health, Education, Agriculture, and Justice, Law & Order, Citizen’s Choice, Accountability among others.

Vivian Ddambya the Director Technical Services NITA emphasized that the authority has the month-long celebration of eGovernment which will culminate with an eGovernment conference followed by a glamorous Awards ceremony on June 28.

She added that the Authority has set up a national data center that enables government agencies to host their applications.

“One of the blockers for accessing government services online is people lack trust in these applications, so we have built a very robust security platform,” Ddambya added.

According to Kahiigi the goal of NITA-U is to transform the Government into one that is found online to make the lives of citizens easy.

“NITA is currently the leading implementing agency for e-services in Uganda. Service delivery, as a result, has become more digitized and efficient creating an open government for Ugandan citizens,” he said.

“By the way, I think NITA should give itself an award during the eGovernment awards. It has really done well too on eGovernment,” he added.

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