In a bid to keep up with the ever improving digital world, Uganda has stepped up efforts to upgrade its infrastructure with a plan to secure at least $150 million.

The government of Uganda has since approached China to partner on the initiative.

Uganda has set its request on the table to borrow USh550 billion ($150mln) from Chinese Exim Bank to set up digital projects that will improve populations’ lives across the country.

The plan was revealed by the ICT Minister, Peter Ogwang, during a ceremony to hand over computers to Agwata Secondary School in Dokolo District on February 22.

He said e-learning development is now a priority and the government is making moves to improve access to broadband Internet connectivity over the entire territory. Health and local administration are also sectors that the government wants to make digital.

According to Peter Ogwang, on the health segment, digital technology can help fight drug smuggling thanks to better tracking.

“This will allow government to track service delivery such as how government drugs are delivered by National Medical Stores to health units and then to patients,” he explained.