Social Media tax and Wrong perception hampering E-commerce in Uganda – Specialist.
Johnnie Walker and Mum’s Store brand ambassador in Uganda Mr. Fred Mwebya who is a social media and technology enthusiast has expressed concern over the slow rate of E-commerce growth in Uganda and many African countries.
E-commerce (electronic commerce or internet commerce) refers to the buying and selling of goods or services using the internet, and the transfer of money and data to execute these transactions.
Mr. Fred blames the slow E-commerce growth rate to several factors including social media tax in Uganda,high data rates, wrong perception among some Africans and poor government intervention to foster this mode of service.
He revealed this over the weekend during the Ugandans on Technology / Ugandans on Twitter #UOTNight in Mbarara town western Uganda, a regional activation which started from Kampala central Uganda before coming to Mbarara.
Commonly known as Ugaman, Mwebya confirmed that this campaign is aimed at uniting company owners and investors,E-commerce & technology enthusiasts and all stakeholders to improve on the state of online trading and internet usage through continued awareness.
This campaign will also be extended to Jinja,Mbale and Soroti (Eastern Uganda) in June 2019, Gulu (Northern Uganda) in July and later to Arua West Nile in August before taking another round of tour in 2020.
“This is a generation of doing business with people we know so we have to ensure beneficial usage of internet and technology through networking and physical meeting ’’,Ugaman implored the youths.
He however challenged government to set up regional ICT hubs to foster Ecommerce and utilization of social media in Uganda.
This can also help to curb down corruption and other misconduct since whistleblowers can make use of the available internet facility not waiting for government inspectorate years later.