President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned a team of experts to guide Uganda on the fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies.
During the ceremony that took place at State House, Entebbe on Monday, the President urged the team to think holistically while embracing the new technology saying it will help all the people to produce goods and services according to comparative advantage.
“The advance of science is the primer of all social change. In order to use it well, you must integrate it well,”said Museveni.
He stressed the need for Africa to carry out market integration so that the continent enjoys integrated economic space; adding that the 4th Industrial Revolution should work to help all other traditional sectors bearing in mind that human needs do not change.
The Minister for Information, ICT and Communications, Frank Tumwebaze, saluted the President for launching the taskforce saying the move demonstrated the NRM Government commitment and willingness to go an extra mile in digital transformation.
The National Task Force has been selected from innovation hubs, private sector, academia, civil society, Uganda’s development partners and the Government of Uganda.
The team will study the fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies and advise Government on policy interventions, possible implementation areas and the ecosystem for the adoption and promotion of the Revolution including human capital development, infrastructure and technological environment.
The 21-member Expert National Task Force on the fourth Industrial Revolution is chaired by Eng. John Nasasira and incorporates Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of ICT and that of Science and Technology, Heads of ICT Departments of Makerere University and Kyambogo University, Government officials, members of civil society as well as the country’s development partners.