(Ecofin Agency) - The World Bank, in its economic update on Uganda, published on 8 July 2020, recommends that the country should invest more in digital technology to better address its economic and social challenges during the coronavirus crisis.
According to the international financial body, the country should focus on the implementation of favorable policies and regulations, the review of taxation in the digital economy, the use of technology to support the health sector and economic recovery through increased digitization of agribusiness and manufacturing, the extension of social security, and transparency and accountability of the government's response to Covid-19.
The Bank also emphasized the development of a coherent strategy to support ecosystems and catalyze the regional and global integration of Uganda's digital economy.
“There are areas of the economy that have shown resilience in the current crisis and by leveraging digital technologies, people are inventing new ways of operating and doing business,” said Richard Walker, World Bank Senior Economist for Uganda.
The World Bank estimates that Uganda's real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2020 is expected to be between 0.4 and 1.7%, compared to 5.6% in 2019. This could push up to three million Ugandans into poverty due to economic hardship and lack of alternative livelihoods.