Uganda’s Minister for ICT & National Guidance, Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, has emerged as Africa Public Sector magazine’s “Minister of the Week”.
Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, emerged as the APS Magazine’s minister of the week following his outstanding contributions and laudable achievement to the ICT sector. For the record, Uganda’s ICT sector is one of the most vibrant and fastest growing sector within the region.
Under his leadership, Hon. Chris Baryomunsi launched the first-ever Huawei ICT Talent Development Report. He also collaborated with Huawei to launch a talent cultivation partnership MOU, This engagement is to provide quality education and skills aligned to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Africa’s Agenda 2063, Uganda Vision 2040, NDP III 2020/21 – 2024/25, National ICT Policy and achievement of NDP III Digital Transformation Programme and Development of an agile ICT-Human Resource Capital.
Baryomunsi began his political career in high school, where he served as the elected minister for education at St. Paul’s Seminary from 1988 to 1990. While at Makerere University in the early 1990s, he was the finance secretary for the Federation of African Medical Students’ Association and the secretary for finance for the Makerere University Medical Students’ Association. In 2005, he was appointed as a United Nations Population Fund HIV/AIDS Advisor for Harare. He turned down the job so that he could contest in the 2006 Ugandan parliamentary election. He ran as the NRM political party candidate for the Kinkiizi County East constituency in Kanungu District and was elected to Parliament.He was also elected president of the African Parliamentarians Forum on Population and Development. While in Parliament, he served on the Social Services Committee and has served on the Health and HIV/AIDS Committees to date. He also has served as a Parliamentary Commissioner for NRM in the Parliament of Uganda from June 2011 to April 2014.On 1 March 2015, he was appointed as State Minister of Health for General Duties. On 6 June 2016, he was appointed State Minister for Housing.
He has served in the following capacities:
- Vice chairperson of HIV/AIDS and Health Committees, in the Parliament
- Chairman of the board of directors of the AIDS Information Centre
- Technical advisor on HIV and AIDS, GTZ
- Programme advisor, United Nations Population Fund
- Member of the Parliamentary Budget Committee
- President of the African Parliamentarians Forum on Population and Development
- President, Rotary Club of Kabarole
Africa Public Sector Magazine’s Minister of the Week is targeted at showcasing the achievements of ministers across the African continent; by promoting their good works, right policies and exceptional leadership in various ministries across Africa.
It’s also aimed at inspiring public service officials to be competitive and promote efficient service delivery for African citizens.