Uganda: Indian Software Vendor to Set Up E-Govt Kiosks


India’s largest software vendor, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has announced plans to set up franchise internet kiosk, a new IT model, to link rural areas in Uganda.

The group, that has just completed setting up the e-tax system for Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), said it would either work with the existing network infrastructure or build a wider one for itself.

The e-tax system is an online service for URA customers with functionalities that cover taxpayer registration tax returns and payment modules. The new system enables the customers to access services anytime and anywhere thereby reducing costs of doing business with the tax body.

The TCS vice-president, Tanmoy Chakrabarty, said the kiosk would go a long way in aiding the e-delivery of government services.

The model, which is to be set up across the country, is similar to the one in which telecommunication companies employ locals as their agents.

The kiosks will provide a wide range of IT services from data, voice and act as out-sourcing centres for companies and banks.