The Government is in the process of establishing the legal infrastructure to support the e-social/economic environment. The infrastructure to support the rapid growth of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector includes the electronic transactions, digital signatures and computer misuse bills.

Dr. Ham Mulira, the ICT minister, said new laws would also be formulated while old ones would be amended. "As a government, we are concerned with creating a fair, equitable and orderly market environment as a critical element in sustained development of ICTs. We believe there should be a favourable environment in which the regulator, business sector and consumers can all act within the law," he said.

Mulira was opening the 15th Ericsson meeting of the pre-paid user groups at the Speke Resort Munyonyo. The conference, held in Uganda for the first time, was sponsored by Celtel and MTN. It was attended by over 200 delegates from various operators. The user groups' meeting is one in which telecommunications operators around the world come together to share experiences with other operators and the infrastructure provider.

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