NITA-U Consultative Workshop for the Draft Certification Regulations

Friday, June 17, 2016

NITA-U with the support of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT) and Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MoJCA), embarked on the process of developing Regulations to support the Certification process.

These Regulations include: the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (Authentication of Information Technology Training) Regulations 2016 and the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (Certification of Providers of Information Technology Products and Services) Regulations, 2016.

The Regulations provide a detailed legal and regulatory framework to support the Certification process. The purposes of the Regulations broadly are to: regulate of Information Technology training to ensure quality training; regulate of providers of Information Technology products and services to ensure consumer protection.

NITA-U has undertaken some initiatives like development of standards and guidelines for acquisition of IT equipment by government organizations as well as creating an enabling legal and regulatory environment to support the growth of the IT industry.

NITA-U held a consultative workshop to engage stakeholders and obtain views and recommendations on the draft Regulations.

Speaking at the workshop, Executive Director, NITA-U James Saaka urged stakeholders to recognise the Regulations as they will have a great impact across both the public and private sectors once passed.

"Because the IT industry is very dynamic, standardisation is necessary to meet the requirements of the rapidly changing market needs and conditions. Standards play an important role in facilitating trade through the promotion of safety, quality and technical compatibility, improve efficiency in production and also spur innovation" he said.

There are compelling and numerous benefits driving the requirement for certification and these include:

i. it provides objective proof that organizations/ persons have the competence to comply with best practice
ii. it provides a tool for decision making and risk management
iii. it paves way for competitive advantage and access to foreign markets
iv. it increases standardization of products and services

Through certification of the different players, there will be standardisation across the industry.

NITA-U Certification Regulations