Mr James Saaka, the Executive Director National Information Technology Authority has urged Ugandans to buy genuine electronics to scale back the constant e-waste produced by cast off electronic products such as computers and laptops.
Mr Saaka was officiating at the launch of the latest Dell 14R Inspiron laptop with touch option this evening at Red Dot Distribution Night of Champion event held at the Sheraton Kampala Rwenzori Ball Room. The Laptop is distributed by Red Dot Distribution Ltd through re-sellers in Uganda.
“The technology era is growing faster than ever. As a country we continue to consume more electronics especially computers than we ever did. This though comes with related challenges of environmental degradation through e-waste. Buying from authorized distributors can easily address this challenge through longer shelf life and warranty of servicing”, he said.
About 15 percent of all computer imports in Uganda are used computers while the majority are clones. The importation of affordable genuine computers such as the Inspiron 14R therefore gives more value to consumers while at the same reducing the digital divide.
Red Dot Distribution Head of Product Asif Jeraj said,” Our work is well within the government’s Vision 2040 of transforming Uganda into a knowledge based society by leveraging Information Technology as a strategic resource. We are therefore proud to partner with the Ugandan government in its e-government infrastructure.”
Mobile computing is changing the innovation and work platform not only in Uganda but worldwide. Attraction of world-renown IT products therefore can only serve to improve Uganda’s competitiveness.