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Friday, April 27, 2012

YES, WE SHALL EMBRACE ICT IN DEVELOPMENT

RIC-NET has taken a step in the establishment of another E-society center in the Rwenzori region. This comes after a presentation this morning (27th April 2012) to the District Technical Planning Committee (TPC) Kamwenge about the establishment of this Electronic center.

 Speaking to the TPC, the Executive Director RIC-NET highlighted the background of this project and that it is being implemented to facilitate information sharing and accountability using ICT. He explained a number of elements and issues that would be involved in the set-up of this center. Among others were;
 • Provision of ICT equipment and internet connectivity to the District for this center
 • Design and development of online platforms like the District website, E-library, CSOs portal to mention but a few.
 • Provision of technical staff for the period the project is to be run in the District.
 • Trainings in computer literacy and internet He also stressed that the District would need to commit herself to this noble cause by providing space for the center, furniture, avail information to enable the development of the website and also a contact person who would be in charge to avail information and guide where necessary.
 He further went ahead and told the Kamwenge District TPC that an M.O.U (Memorandum of Understanding) has to be signed between the two parties committing themselves to this project.
The E-society project has so far been implemented in the Districts of Kasese and Kabarole.

 In his remarks the Deputy Chief Administrative officer Mr.Kandole Simon Peter appreciated the efforts by RIC-NET to take this service to the District. He said the District was in much support of this idea that they would fully support this project. Members embraced this and were also concerned if the internet connectivity would be extended to their offices.
However responding to the concerns the ED RIC-NET informed members that if this would happen then the District would meet the charges but RIC-NET is dedicated to provide technical support and that its area of concern was the Electronic center fully furnished.

A member of the TPC Mr. Binyina (planning Unit) was selected to be focal for this project and the suggestion was that a member of staff from RIC-NET travels to Kamwenge on 3rd May 2012 to share M.O.U draft and finalise with other few issues.