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The government has launched an electronic waste management and awareness strategy to provide guidance on the safe handling of e-waste.

The strategy was developed by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Speaking during the launch of the policy recently, The Minister of State for ICT, Mr William Nyombi Thembo, said: “We are already experiencing exponential growth of the ICT industry which on one hand is facilitating faster economic growth but, on the other, creates a challenge in terms of the amounts of e-waste that are being generated.”

He added: “This poses a serious threat to humans and to the environment. There is need to put in place mechanisms to ensure that e-waste is disposed of in a systematic and environmentally-friendly manner.”
The UNDP Country Director, Ms Almaz Gebru, said in a message presented by Mr Onesimus Muhwezi, the team leader, energy and environment unit at UNDP, that rapid technology aancement and innovation has reduced the lifespan of appliances significantly, thus increasing e-waste stream.

ebatte@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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