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NITA-U’s UGPass Project Wins WSIS Award in Geneva

The recognition of UGPass at the WSIS 2024 awards showcases Uganda's commitment to improving its infrastructure and making digital services more accessible to its citizens.

UGPass an initiative led by the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has been honored with the WSIS Digital Service Design Special Prize 2024 at an award ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland. The announcement was first revealed via X (formerly Twitter) by Ms. Irene Kagawa Ssewakambo, the former Acting Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

The WSIS Digital Service Design Special Prize highlights digital service designs that address a citizen/resident need(s) through improving, innovating, or developing government processes and are designed for scalability, extensibility, and adaptability to a variety of generic workflows.

The recognition was received by the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations and other international bodies. The occasion showcases Uganda’s increasing impact in the digital services domain.

NITA Uganda expressed its pride and gratitude for receiving the accolade. “We are honored to receive the WSIS Digital Service Design Special Prize 2024 for the UGPass project. This achievement highlights our commitment to enhancing digital services in Uganda,” NITA Uganda said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

UGPass is a digital authentication and electronic signature solution in which users sign or seal documents online quickly, conveniently, and securely, thereby creating digital trust. Thus, through its app, you can digitally authenticate, sign, and seal documents.

Beyond its authentication features, this app serves as a resource, for citizens by providing a safe effective, and user-friendly means to interact with digital services and carry out transactions. UGPass is changing how people and businesses work by offering a platform, for signatures and document sealing.

To get started with UGPass, download the app. During registration, you’ll need to provide a valid National ID or passport, an email address, and a phone number. Once signed up users can immediately enjoy the convenient digital transaction features.

The recognition of UGPass at the WSIS 2024 awards showcases Uganda’s commitment to improving its infrastructure and making digital services more accessible to its citizens. This achievement benefits NITA Uganda and reflects the country’s innovative approach and progressive mindset towards digital transformation.

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