West Nile’s ICT Innovation Hub unveiled at Muni University


The Ministry of ICT & National Guidance of Uganda has inaugurated a modern hub to foster digital transformation and entrepreneurship.

The West Nile regional ICT Innovation Hub, situated at Muni University in Arua city, was officially launched on Friday, May 3rd, 2024. Presided over by Dr. Aminah Zawedde, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, the event marks a significant milestone in Uganda’s efforts to enhance digital infrastructure and empower local entrepreneurs.

Dr. Zawedde highlighted the ministry’s focus on bolstering infrastructure, connectivity, and access to affordable devices to drive digital transformation across the country. The launch was attended by key dignitaries, including Hon. Feta Geofrey, Area MP for Ayivu East Division, and members of the ICT Parliamentary committee.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Noah Musa, MP Koboko North County, emphasized the importance of reducing taxes on ICT devices to ensure accessibility for end-users. He urged youth to leverage ICT in various sectors, including livestock farming, to spur economic growth.

The establishment of the regional hub at Muni University addresses the challenges faced by West Nile entrepreneurs, providing vital resources, mentorship, and training opportunities. Prof. Robert Kajobe, Director of Graduate Training, Research, and Innovation at Muni University, underscored the hub’s role in facilitating collaboration and addressing key gaps in the ecosystem.

Prof. Simon Anguma Katrini, Vice Chancellor of Muni University, highlighted the university’s partnership with the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance to establish the hub, supported by a grant of UGX 250 million. He emphasized the hub’s contribution to accelerating the growth of Uganda’s ICT sector.

Dr. Zawedde outlined the five pillars of digital transformation, including infrastructure, digital skilling, e-services, cybersecurity, and innovation. She encouraged young people to leverage the hub’s resources to develop innovative solutions for regional challenges and drive socio-economic development.