Uganda To Leverage Blockchain To Improve Government Services

Blockchain, News | May 4, 2018 By:

The government of Uganda is planning to use blockchain technology to improve the efficiency in public service delivery.

Vicente Bagiire Waiswa, permanent secretary of the Ministry of ICT , said that the government recognizes the growing trends in the technology sector and is positioning itself to be at the forefront so as to take advantage of these opportunities.

“We are actively engaged in the discussions on blockchain and have collaborated with different stakeholders to ensure we have the right information to advance our agenda as government,” said Waiswa. “The government is going to use blockchain technology where it is appropriate to provide seamless services to the general public.”

Bagire said that blockchain use will help to reduce the time taken by people to access government services, such as tax payments.

While addressing delegates at the World Customs Organization Conference in March 2018, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told delegates that Africa had largely missed out on the industrial revolution, and stressed that Africa was now entering the digital revolution, and that “Africa will not miss out again!”

Kwame Rugunda, the Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda, said he concurs with the remarks made by the president and that Africa is at the right time to adopt blockchain technology.

“We have already seen glimpses into how it is disrupting traditional models in areas such as finance, procurement, insurance, health, identity management, contracts, governance, to mention but a few,” said Rugunda. “Now is the right time to engage with this novel technology, because each wave of technology presents profound opportunity, particularly for the early adopters.”