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A Report on the Impact of the Social Media Tax in Uganda on Access, Usage, Income and Productivity

As of 23rd March 2020, Uganda has only confirmed one case of the novel coronavirus. The President of Uganda recently issued directives which saw all schools in Uganda closed effective March 20, all gatherings banned, the border’s closed, international flights banned, citizens urged to stay home and many others in order to curb the spread of the virus.

But some of the measures for curbing this virus such as having people work remotely, students study at home and an increased reliance on digital transactions, are all hindered by Uganda’s social media and the mobile tax that was introduced in the country in July 2018.

In this effort, Pollicy has shared a report to raise awareness on the impact of the taxes on everyday lives. The report focuses on how the social media tax continues to impact the social, economic and cultural aspects of the day-to-day lives of people living in Uganda.

The report was conducted last year in November on the perceptions and behaviour of Ugandans. Today Pollicy is releasing the second OTT tax report titled “A Shot in the Dark: The Impact of the Social Media Tax in Uganda on Access, Usage, Income and Productivity” which follows the previous “Offline and Out of Pocket” report that looked at findings from the first 7 months after the tax was enacted.

You can download full report in the link below;

Download the report

This independent report was funded in part by the Facebook Company and prepared by Pollicy. All of the report’s conclusions have been drawn by Pollicy from the views collected from respondents in this study, and should not be deemed to represent the views of Facebook.

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