An Information Support System for Industrial Development in Uganda with Special Reference to the Small-Scale Sector: A Proposal

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Addis Ababa University


The role of information in the scientific , technical and socio -economic development of nation s is becoming widely accepted. In what ha s come to be referred to as the "information age", a larger percentage of people in the developed world are now employed in the information sector and the same trend is perceptible in the industrial sing economies as well. In Uganda, the future of the country lies in the rejuvenation of the industrial sector , which presently , accounts for less than 5 per cent of the GDP . More than 80 percent of the manufacturing sector in Uganda is comprised of small scale enterprises. The problems faced by the SSIs are numerous and diverse . However, a critical analysis of these problems reveal that they all have a bearing to the information situation in the country, which presently remains gross Lyell-developed . Twice the government of Uganda , assisted by internet on latencies ha s tried to address the issue of industrial information in the country. These two attempts, however, proved futile, partially due to poor perception of information as a resource by planners, decision makers, manufacturers , etc . With the advent of information technology , the information component has gained new dimensions. Information technology (IT) is today an indispensable tool in the capture , storage, processing , analysis and disseminate on of data and information in industries as well as in other organizations. IT application has transformed info ration system s and centers from mere custodians of information to a management tool of industries. Its impact is being felt in all sectors of the national economy, the manufacturing sec tor in particular. Information, industrialization and economic development are a mutually synergizing trinity This thesis discusses the relevancy of information systems and centers in industrialization from Uganda's point of view . It proposes the need to develop a national scientific, technical and industrial information centre (NSTIIC) . It is proposed that among other things, NSTIIC should aim at bringing to gather in a network of database system , all institutions, organizations, etc ., whose activities and functions are contributory to the growth of the industrial sector in Uganda. It also advocates for a serious campaign to sensitize planners , decision makers, manufactures and all those involved in guiding the national economy , big or small, so as to help them develop a n information culture in their day-to-day activities. .



Information Science