By Najibu Mulema

The East African states have been challenged to embrace modern technology to fast track transformation.

The call was made at the closure of an ICT cluster meeting held in Kampala.

The meeting that was aimed at reviewing progress of the member states as far as the ICT sector is concerned.

The forum brought together ICT ministers from the region including Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and South Sudan.

Uganda’s minister for ICT and information, Frank Tumwebaze said they agreed to cooperate as members of the northern corridor in order to harmonize the various technology frameworks.

Partner states also agreed on developing a mobile money transfer system in collaboration with the central banks to enable easy transactions across the countries.

“This ICT cluster has said that countries should upgrade their intelligence monitoring systems to fight grade traffic because grade traffic is not only a threat to the revenue performance but also a threat to the telecommunications companies,” said Tumwebaze.

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