The Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) launched a new branch in Masaka in a move to expand its reach.
The Bureau is mandated under the Uganda Registration Services Bureau Act Cap 210 to register all business entities in Uganda which are required by law to be registered.
The Thursday launch of the branch was graced by the Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba, who took time to outline some of the key milestones the government has made in boosting internet infrastructure.
To strengthen the initiative of digitizing government services, the government started rolling out the National Optical Fiber Cable Backbone to connect government offices to the internet to ensure automation.
As we speak, the implementation of four phases of the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) project are already complete, leading to connection of 49 districts and 609 government offices.
In Masaka, the referral hospital was connected under phase 3 of this project, which has facilitated use of tele medicine, eased research and improved automation of patient records.
The URSB branch is also connected to the NBI.
“In Masaka, so far, we connected 14 government entities to the National Backbone. These include; Bank of Uganda, Electoral Commission, NSSF, NIRA, NWSC, URA, NFA, Blood Bank, Kitovu Referral Hospital, Kitovu Hospital, Microfinance Support Center, Nkozi University Maska branch, Marie Stopes Clinic,” the minister said.
“People of the Masaka, the purpose of these connections is to ensure that you receive services in an effective and transparent way.”
Minister Nabakooba noted that NITA-U, the implementing government agency is now rolling out the Last Mile Connectivity Project to expand the coverage of the NBI through laying of approximately 732km of fiber optic cable and connecting an additional 700 sites to the NBI with an additional 300 Wi-Fi Hotspots.
“So, far a cumulative total of 350 out of 700 sites including but not limited to Local Governments, hospitals, schools, universities, among others have been connected under the Last Mile Project,” she said.
“Uganda is now a fully-fledged communications hub with the seven major border posts of Uganda with its neighboring countries all connected to the NBI further strengthening regional ties.”