NITA Uganda Moves to Integrate Information Systems in Government Agencies

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James Saaka Executive Director, National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U), also the keynote speaker unveiling the “Up Accelerate” website at the Outbox office in Kampala. Up Accelerate seeks to explore new and engaging ways to tackle pressing sexual and reproductive health challenges in Uganda while promoting social entrepreneurship among young people.

The National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U) has received funding to integrate all Ministries, Departments and Agencies’ systems so that data can seamlessly be shared across Government systems.

The development was announced during the first meeting between NITA-U officials and heads of MDAs, meant to discuss the integration of information systems.

Government through NITA-U has made an effort in ensuring automation of service delivery for MDAs which have resulted into the development information systems to support provision of e-services to the public.

These systems including E-tax system developed by Uganda Revenue Authority and E-Citie system developed by Kampala Capital City Authority have proceeded to demonstrate great value in public service delivery.

However, according to NITA-U officials, MDA systems still operate in silos with limited data sharing, causing a hindrance to Government in realizing the full potential of ICT in the social and economic transformation of the country.

Speaking at the meeting, Ministry of ICT and National Guidance Permanent Secretary; Vincent Bagiire said System Integration will bring about a unified way of sharing information that will ease business operations in Uganda and improve Government service delivery to citizen.

He emphasized the need for development and use of home grown IT solutions in Uganda once integration and sharing of services is realized.

In his remarks, NITA-U Executive Director James Saaka called on all Government MDAs to ensure full participation when called upon for successful implementation of system integration and seamless data sharing.

“Service delivery will be greatly improved through the sharing of information across Government agencies for fast and effective decision making,” he said.

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