Monday, 18 June 2018


Kampala, Uganda | The Budget for Fiscal Year 2018/19 that will be read out Thursday June14  by Uganda's Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija retains the theme “Industrialization for Job Creation and Shared Prosperity”.

It is the 4th in a series of five national budgets for delivering the second National Development Plan (2015/16 to 2019/20); and the 3rd for implementing the National Resistance Movement Government manifesto (2016 to 2021).

The sh32.7 trillion budget will reveal findings that shade new light on Uganda’s development performance over the recent past that have emerged since the last Budget approval in May 2017, according to the "BACKGROUND TO THE BUDGET Fiscal Year 2018/19" report released this month by the Ministry of Finance. (read full report CLICK)

These findings are contained in the latest round of survey data from Uganda Bureau of Statistics, and include among others the 2016/17 Uganda National Household Survey and the 2016/17 Manpower Survey. They provide conclusive evidence on Uganda’s development performance over the NDP I period (2010/11 to 2014/15) and the first two implementation years of the NDP II (2015/16 to 2016/17).

All 23 Presidential Guidelines and Directives for the period 2016 to 2021 have been integrated in the relevant sector strategies and annual work programmes that Minister Matia Kasaija will outline today. ( READ all sector targets for 2018/19)

The budget will also put into consideration measures that mirror the fact that at the East African Community (EAC) level, the 5th EAC Development Strategy for the period 2016/17 – 2020/21 was launched. The strategy provides the broad strategic development objectives that the EAC will pursue over the next five years.

Over the next five years, EAC will focus on seven (7) key priority areas namely: consolidation of the Single Customs Territory (SCT); development of regional infrastructure; enhancement of free movement of all factors of production as envisaged under the Common Market and Monetary Union Protocols; enhancement of regional industrial development; improvement of agricultural productivity; promotion of regional peace, security and good governance; and institutional transformation at the regional and Partner State levels.

Revenue Performance Outlook for FY 2018/19
Government’s current revenue target is to achieve revenue to GDP ratio of 16 percent by the FY 2019/20 as envisaged in the National Development Plan II (NDPII). The overall net revenue target for FY 2018/19 is Ushs 16,211 billion, which translates into a growth of 7.6 percent compared to the target of Ushs. 14,404 for FY 2017/18 and this translates to 14.7 percent as a share of GDP

The main drivers for revenue in F/Y 2018/19 are based on the following assumptions;
a) GDP growth of 6 percent ,
b) Stable inflation at 4.3,
c) A stable exchange rate and
d) Enhanced tax compliance

In order to enhance revenue collection, there are proposed adjustments in some tax rates aimed at widening the tax base and enhancing compliance. Government has proposed technical amendments to bring more clarity to the laws in order to minimize unnecessary disputes between taxpayers and URA, as well as dealing with issues of tax avoidance.
Also, there are proposals for additional taxincentives to promote industrialization and investment in strategic areas. The proposed policy measures for FY2018/19 are expected to raise Ushs 643.5bn, while Ushs 272bn is expected to be raised from administrative efficiency.
The aim is to achieve the policy target of 0.5 percent which in line with National Development Plan II. Government will undertake a number of policy and administrative measures to enhance revenue mobilization in FY 2018/19

Kasaija makes a point at a URA breakfast meeting to digest the budget

Resource Envelope Projections for 2018/19
Resources available to Government for expenditure in FY 2018/19 will be obtained from domestic tax and non-tax revenue, donor grants, concessional and non-concessional external borrowing as well as domestic borrowing. Government of Uganda’s resource envelope net of arrears, Appropriation in Aid (AIA) and debt repayments is projected to amount to Ushs. 17,358.7 billion in FY2018/19 and increase to Ushs. 27,238.5 billion by FY 2022/23. Table 7.2 shows the medium term resource projections.

***Estimated revenue

Domestic revenue is projected at Ushs 16,358.8 billion in FY2018/19, equivalent to 14.6 percent of GDP. Tax revenue is projected at Ushs 15,938.8 billion (an increase of 0.4 percentage points of GDP), supported by new tax policy measures, enhanced revenue administration measures, as well as reforms to widen the tax base and enhance compliance.

External Financing
A total of Ushs 8,023.5 billion of external resources is projected to support the budget in FY2018/19. Of this, Ushs 7,734.5 billion (96.4 percent) is in the form of project support, while the remaining Ushs. 289 billion (3.6 percent) is budget support. Budget support is projected to amount to Ushs.287.7 billion in FY 2019/20 and will remain broadly at the same level in FY2020/21. Project support is expected to increase to Ushs 8,315.7 billion in FY2019/20 and decline over the medium term.

The decline in project support over the medium term reflects the planned completion of some of the big infrastructure projects.

External Debt Repayments
Amortization of external debt is projected at Shs. 894 billion in FY2018/19, and will decline to Shs 783.5 billion in FY2019/20, and pick up thereafter to a peak of Shs 1,275.6 billion in FY 2022/23.

Higher amortization over the medium term is due to repayment of debt acquired to scale up public investments.

Domestic Financing -Domestic Borrowing
Borrowing from the domestic market through issuance of securities is projected to amount to Shs 1,783.4 billion. It will subsequently decline over the medium term to Shs 989.0 billion by FY2022/23-in line with Government’s strategy of maintaining domestic borrowing within one percent of GDP to support private sector development.

Petroleum Fund Withdrawal
A draw down equivalent to Shs 200 billion from the petroleum fund is projected in FY2018/19 to finance oil related infrastructure. This reflects an increase of Shs 74.2 billion from Shs 125.28 billion in FY2017/18.

Medium Term Fiscal Framework
Government expenditure (excluding Appropriation in Aid (AIA) and debt repayments) is projected to amount to Ushs 25,474 billion in FY 2018/19, equivalent to 22.7 percent of GDP . The bulk of the increase in spending will largely be driven by external development expenditure, as Government continues to invest in infrastructure projects as well as an increase in wages and salaries in line with Government’s salary enhancement policy for some categories of public servants.
Development related spending is projected at 10.7 percent of GDP in FY 2018/19, and is expected to average 8.7 percent of GDP over the medium term owing to completion of some of the large infrastructure projects like Karuma and Isimba Hydro Power plants. As a percentage of GDP, overall spending will average about 20.3 percent over the medium term.

The Uganda supreme court.

Justice, Law and Order
In FY 2018/19, the Sector will undertake the following;
  1. Continue to effectively implement the Case Backlog Reduction Strategy with a view to reducing case backlog to a single digit percentage within the next two years.
  2. Draft forty Bills; publish fifteen Bills, ten Acts, sixty Statutory Instruments, five Ordinances; and issue five Legal Notices under the auspices of the First Parliamentary Council (FPC). FPC will further draft bills for reform of the Public Health Act; Weights and Measurements Act; and Landlord and Tenant Relationship.
  3. Conclude anti-corruption and money laundering cases within an average of 132 days; conclude Professional Land Indicators in land crimes cases within an average time of 110 workdays; peruse case files for a decision to prosecute or not within average time of 44 workdays; sanction case files within an average time of 132 workdays and recover 10 per cent of proceeds of crime out of orders issued.
  4. Continue the implementation of the ICT Strategy which will include completion of the design and development of the Court Case Administration System including E-Filing, and the installation of a Video Conferencing System between the Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court & the Luzira Maximum Prison Facility - Female Wing.
  5. In order to reduce the cost of doing business, the sector will continue to strengthen the land and commercial courts to reduce lead times in disposing of the cases and improving the administration of land cases through enhancing of the judicial officers in their areas of operation.
  6. The sector will focus to provide fast and effective dispute resolution in specialised areas and in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution. This will include roll out initiatives such as mediation and small claims courts. Also rules and procedures that cause delays will be reviewed.
  7. In order to improve justice for children in the Karamoja region, a remand home in Moroto will be constructed.
Law and Order Enforcement
To enhance operations and staff welfare, Uganda Police Force plans to undertake the following in FY 2018/19:
  1. Complete 420 staff houses under Naguru Accommodation Project
  2. Construct Bukedea Police Station
  3. Complete vehicle maintenance centre at Namanve,
  4. Construct the Main Armoury at Nagalama Police Station,
  5. Effect payment of contractual obligation on fixed wing aircraft, operational vehicles & specialized equipment, and
  6. Develop operations and maintenance (O&M) facilities for helicopters and purchase a new VIP Helicopter (Four-year plan)
Civil Liberties and Freedom:
During FY 2018/19, UHRC plans to undertake the following;
  1. Conduct investigations of 2,000 cases both backlog and new ones
  2. Inspect 1,500 places of detentions in the country and monitor the refugee situation in the country especially in West Nile, Northern and Western Uganda
  3. Set up a tribunal to conclude 500 cases and mediate 400 cases.
  4. Continue with massive awareness campaigns, through community outreaches, media programs, students and the various stakeholders.
National Citizenship and Immigration Control
  1. In FY 2018/19, DCIC plans to scale up identification services through continued registration of citizens in Uganda, registration of citizens in the diaspora, alien registration and issuance of National and Alien ID cards.
  2. Furthermore, plans are underway to re-engineer business processes by enabling service delivery through ICT during the 4th Phase of the e-immigration system.
  3. The Automated Border Control (ABC) System will also be deployed at major borders entries of Katuna, Busia, Malaba, Cyanika, Mutukula, Elegu, Mpondwe, Mirama Hills, Vurra, Bunagana, Goli, Afogi, Lwakhakha, Ntoroko and Oraba DCIC will further facilitate entry, stay and exit of citizens and aliens in order to facilitate trade, investment and employment in the country, with a projection to process and issue at least 11,000 work permits to foreign workers.
In FY 2018/19, the sector plans to:
  1. Acquire, refurbish and maintain defence and security equipment to support the Land Forces, Air Forces and Special Forces in pursuit of the mandates of providing and projecting Land Forces power in preservation and defense of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda;
  2. Continue participating, through UPDF, in combat and non-combat operations including the provision of Aid to Civil Authority;
  3. Continue to provide accessible and quality healthcare to UPDF through delivery of promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare (Maternal and child health; malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS, TB; vaccination services before deployment; non-communicable diseases; mental health)
Regional Stability
In FY 2018/19, the security sector plans to:
  1. Promote regional and international peace and security especially in the Great Lakes Region and the horn of Africa including in Burundi, DRC, Somalia, Central African Republic and South Sudan.
  2. Strengthen bilateral relations with neighbouring countries through deepening regional integration and border demarcations with Kenya (marine border/Migingo), DRC (Rukwanzi Island/Vurra), Rwanda, Tanzania (Land and Marine borders) and South Sudan within the AU border demarcation programme among others. This will resolve trans-border conflicts, combat crimes like terrorism, human trafficking, small arms smuggling /proliferation and money laundering.
  3. Submit reports on Uganda’s compliance with UN Security Council resolutions.
  4. Support Uganda’s Disarmament Policy by effectively participating in Disarmament Conferences and the Non-Proliferation Treaty Negotiations.
Tourists at Murchison falls National park. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYA

Tourism and Hospitality
To further boost tourism travels to and within the country, Government plans to undertake the following in FY 2018/19:
  1. Finalize revival of the National airline;
  2. Upgrade five tourism aerodromes (Soroti, Kidepo, Pakuba, Jinja and Mbarara);
  3. Develop a modern water transport system forming a tourism circuit on Lake Victoria; and
  4. Capacity enhancement of KCCA to manage traffic flow within the city.
  5. Support, promote and ensure best practices in tourist facilities like hotels, restaurants and tour and travel companies through staff trainings; and
  6. Classify over 100 hotels and lodges for easy selection for tourists and train over 4 hotel staff.
  7. Train 400 hotel, 300 tour guides and 20 hotel assessors through a strategic intervention of capacity building, accommodation and hospitality registration and coordination;
  8. Conduct sensitization for 60,000 enterprises and 1,000,000 people to maintain internationally accepted standards in hotels; and
  9. Rate and classify 100 hotels and lodges.
Tourism Promotion and Marketing
In FY2018/19, Government will undertake the following:
  1. Reach 5 million Potential Domestic Tourists by hiring and deploying marketing and Public Relations firms, undertaking Media Campaigns, producing and distributing promotional materials;
  2. Expose 100 Uganda Tour Operators to Uganda’s products through Familiarisation (FAM) Trips for Tour Operators, media & other stakeholders;
  3. Reach 50 million potential international tourists, conduct awareness on Uganda’s products to 100 outbound tour operators, organize FAM trips (40 international media, 20 local media and 45 stakeholders) for leading media houses, journalists, social media influencers and tour operators from source markets;
  4. Sponsor sports personalities to promote Uganda; and
  5. Finalize the process of establishing a China-Uganda Friendship Tourism Chapter to market tourism in both countries. It will enable both local and Chinese investors to establish in tourism areas.
In FY 2018/19, the sector plans to carry out the following activities:
  1. Fast-track the construction of the new chamber and acquire furniture and fixtures for the offices of the 453 Members as well as improve the ICT infrastructure.
  2. Carry out 150 oversight field visits to assess the performance of various government programmes being implemented by various sectors and the level of service delivery.
  3. Implement an effective monitoring and evaluation system for tracking institutional performance and outcomes in line with the good governance and democracy principles outlined in the NRM Manifesto. However, to achieve this, the sector plans to carry out over 150 sight visits to assess the performance of various government programmes being implemented by various sectors such as the youth, elderly, PWDs, children and women.
Public Sector Management
In FY 2018/19, the sector plans to:
  1. Produce, discuss and disseminate the GAPR for FY 2017/19 and to conduct Barazas in 50 districts.
  2. Monitor compliance to service delivery standards in 11 LGs and 6 MDAs
  3. Provide technical support to 4 Sectors (Social Development, Works and Transport, Agriculture andWater and Environment) on development of service delivery standards
  4. Provide technical support to 11 LGs and 15 MDAs on streamlining and set up of RIM Systems;
  5. Audit Records Management Systems in 12 MDAs and 24 LGs, and
  6. Finalise electronic records management policy and regulatory framework
Policy Coherence and Relevance
In FY 2018/19, the sector undertakes to: Coordinate Summit directives of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects including Free Movement of Labour; Regional Commodities Exchange; Investment and Tourism Promotion; Single Customs Territory; Standard Gauge Railway (SGR); Oil Refinery; Oil Pipeline; Power Generation, Distribution and Interconnectivity; Land acquisition for Infrastructure Corridor; Information Communication, Mutual Defence /Peace and Security strategies and Foreign Policy Framework implemented
Development Planning
During the FY 2018/19, the sector plans to;
  1. Finalise the 10-year National Development Plan;
  2. Commence drafting of the 3rd NDP including the macroeconomic strategy;
  3. Prepare NDP III sector and LG issue papers;
  4. Finalise the 10-year Human Resource/Manpower Plan (HRP);
  5. Continue alignment of sector plans and projects to the NDP II and Vision 2040 and support the development of Industrial Master Plan;
  6. Finalise an Iron and Steel Industry feasibility study report and produce guidelines for development of Regional and Strategic Cities
National and District Elections
In FY 2018/19, the Electoral Commission will continue with implementation of its functions. It also aims to undertake demarcation of constituencies and electoral areas in the newly created districts of Nabilatuk, Bugweri, Kasanda, Kwania, Kapelebyong and Kikuube.

Disaster Preparedness and Refugee Management
In FY 2018/19, 2,000 MTs of relief food and 5,000 assorted NFIs will be procured and distributed, 100,000 new refugees will be settled in conformity to international laws, 20,000 plots will be demarcated for new arrivals and 2 blocks of staff accommodation repaired in Kyaka II Refugee settlements.  A national risk atlas and contingency plan will also be developed

Infrastructural Development

TransportTraffic Flow and Signalization
Over the last five years, Government has directed efforts towards improving traffic flow in Kampala. In FY 2017/18, Government, through Kampala City Council (KCCA), installed traffic signals in six (6) major junctions in addition to widening some of the roads leading to the junctions. Government will in FY 2018/19 direct further efforts towards improving traffic flow in and around the city through expanding the roads, improving drainange systems and installing traffic lights among others.

Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
In FY 2018/19 and in the medium term, Government will fast track implementation of the SGR project to ensure its completion so as to take advantage of socioeconomic and other benefits. Table 6.8 provides a cumulative summary of the SGR implementation progress in Uganda.

In FY 2018/19, Government will procure a total of 570 hectares of land on the eastern route to facilitate the SGR right of way.

Air Transport
The revival of the National Airline is a core project in NDPII and is one of the 21 directives of the National Resistance Movement Government for 2016-2021

Innovative ICT Opportunities
Government plans and priorities for FY 2018/19 include:
  1. Finalisation of the Digital Uganda Vision (DVU) which aims at building a digitally empowered society to foster innovation and create a positive social and economic impact through technologybased empowerment.
  2. Drafting a strategy to facilitate the implementation of E-commerce to reduce rural-urban divide in access to goods and services, promote online consumer protection will be developed;
  3. Implementation of the National ICT Innovation program (NIISP) to benefit Ugandans, targeting mainly women and youth; and
  4. Institutionalisation of IT and Communication functions across Government;
In FY 2018/19, Government will undertake the following:
  1. Finalization of the Sector Strategic Investment Plan to provide guidance and the general framework of implementation of Sector interventions;
  2. Profiling of research and innovations so as to take stock of all Research and Innovations country wide in order to design appropriate strategies;
  3. Finalization of the Review of the STI Policy;
  4. Implementation of the STI policy as per the defined framework;
  5. Dissemination/popularizing the Innovation Fund Modalities. This will provide knowledge of application and access to the fund;
  6. Developing Guidelines for Mainstreaming of STI across Government (MDAs and LGs); and
  7. Developing Scientific Research and Development policies and Guidelines in order to guide Research and Development initiatives within the Country
Higher Incomes for Agricultural Households

In FY2018/19, Government plans to achieve the following:
  1. Increase fishing in major bodies by 10 per cent;
  2. Control, contain and reduce the animal disease and vector outbreaks by 8 per centfrom the current 5 percent;
  3. Increase the number of animals produced for marketing from 5 percent to 7 per cent; and
  4. Continue supporting, promoting and guiding extension service delivery to attain the recommended extensioner worker/household ratio of 1:500.
  5. Continue with provision of subsidized farm inputs, improved agricultural infrastructure, postharvest handling technologies and more competitive prices for inputs and outputs to farmers in the clusters under the implementation of the ACDP projects in identified 42 districts among others Nebbi, Amuru, Ntungamo, Iganga and Kalungu.
Exports Development
In FY2018/19 Government  plans to achieve to the following:
  1. Discourage the export of raw coffee. The move is supported by a USD 500m (Ushs 1.8 trillion) investment from Italian coffee roasters, Euro Techno Group at Kampala Industrial Business Park
  2. Start exporting power to Democratic Republic of Congo for the next three years through a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the two countries in August 2017.
Industrial and Technological Development
In FY2018/19, Government plans to achieve the following:
  1. Establish Isingiro Fruit Factory - Feasibility study and Business Plan reports produced and Factory furnished with increased product storage cooling capacity system;
  2. Establish Zonal agro-processing facilities and a Food City Complex specifically to add value to cereals;
  3. Strengthen Mineral Processing: Lake Katwe Salt Project in Kasese District, Sponge Iron Ore Project in Kabale and Kisoro, Cement Manufacturing in Moroto and Sheet Glass Manufacturing at Diimu in Masaka; and
  4. Establish Tea Factories in Zombo, Nebbi, Mabaale and Kayonza.
Through the Rural Industrial Development Project, Government will:
  1. Strengthen Agricultural Marketing Cooperatives through establishment of collective marketing infrastructure;
  2. Train members of the beneficiary enterprises in business management and value addition skills;
  3. Support beneficiary enterprises to undertake product packaging, branding and quality certification;
  4. Establish Training and Common Facility/Incubation Centers; and
  5. Support beneficiary enterprises to develop bankable business plans, and assisting the enterprises on the programme to register patents and trademarks.
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
In FY2018/19, Government plans to achieve the following:
  1. Commennced MSMEs Cluster formation and the common industrial facilities program not only to promote industrial development in the country, but also to increase light manufacturing products in mass production for export;
  2. Develop Katwe Metal Cluster land at Salam road into an SME industrial park with common industrial facilities to support the groups; and
  3. Scale up certification of MSMEs through UNBS so as to support exports especially to regional markets. It also plans to train SMEs through MTIC in Value Addition required for export destinations.
In FY2018/19, Government plans to implement, among others, the following strategies under cooperatives:
  1. Transfer Cooperative Training Institutions from the Ministry of Education and Sports to the Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives;
  2. Strengthen the policy and legal frameworks of cooperative societies;
  3. Promote value addition and collective marketing; and
  4. Improve access to financial services and capacity for the cooperative institutions.
Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA)
In FY 2018/19, Government through  KCCA will undertake the following:
  1. Partner with the private sector to design, build, finance, operate and transfer a waste treatment and disposal facility capable of effectively managing municipal solid waste;
  2. Construct over 20 more signalized city junctions under the second Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP 2);
  3. Construct a stretch of 65km of drainage as planned for in the updated Kampala Drainage Master Plan;
  4. Finalize the development of the Multi Modal Transport Master Plan;
  5. Monitor GKMA for compliance to the land use regulatory framework;
  6. Roll out the Geo referenced database for Kampala properties and roads;
  7. Allocate street and plot addresses to properties; and
  8. Develop the cadastre maps and operationalize physical development plans.
Basic Education
In FY2018/19, Government will prioritize the following interventions:
  1. Construction and rehabilitation of classrooms, staff units and supply of desks to primary schools;
  2. Construction of 5,000 litre water tank, classrooms, stance latrines among other facilities in 83 primary schools under the Uganda Teacher Effectiveness project;
  3. Installation of one lightning arrestor per school for 11 primary schools in Iganga, Kibaale, Kasese, Luuka, Busia, Pallisa, Hoima, Kole, Mubende and 15 schools in Butambala districts susceptible to lightning;
  4. Construction of 2 blocks of 4-unit staff houses at Sheema, Gomba, Rakai, Gulu and Kumi; 2 blocks of 2 classrooms including furniture, multipurpose science laboratory and 2 blocks of 5 stance latrine at Sheema, Gulu, Kumi; 1 block of 2 classrooms including furniture, multipurpose science laboratory, and 2 blocks of 5 stance latrine; and
  5. Regulating the activities of private schools, more particularly reviewing the fees structure. This is paramount because over 35 per cent of students who drop out of schools cite unaffordable costs as the main reason[1].
Skills Development
In FY2018/19, Government will prioritize the following interventions:
  1. Fast track the establishment of the Skills Development Council that will be responsible for certification of skills for the oil and gas sector and subsequently promote the national content policy;
  2. Offer technical training for skills development by recruiting suitable teachers, fully equipping and manning them prior to expansion of new schools;
  3. Undertake curriculum development and reform to match skills required by industries; enabling youth without skills to acquire them through internship, and apprenticeship programmes; and
  4. Construction of John Kale Memorial Institute of science and technology in Kisoro district that offers courses such as mechatronics engineering, forensic science, tourism and marine science.
Rural Water
In the FY2018/19, Government will undertake the following key interventions:
  1. Construction of 70 Mini solar powered schemes and 30 solar powered micro irrigation systems countrywide;
  2. Finalize construction of 9 RGCs in Kyoga basin and Nyamiyonga-Katojo piped water system and engineering design of Isingiro Bukanga water supply;
  3. Complete construction of 100 hand pumped wells, 100 production wells and 70 large diameter wells across the country;
  4. Rehabilitate 4 gravity schemes in south western Uganda, 04 Designs of piped water supply systems completed;
  5. Construction of Water Surface Reservoirs and Purchase of Specialized Machinery & Equipment for regional centers;
  6. Purchase Specialized Machinery and Equipment such as Fish drying kits, Bee hives, extraction equipment, honey testing kits.
Labour Productivity and Employability
In the FY2018/19 and in the medium term, Government will through the sector focus on the following interventions:
  1. Promote decent employment opportunities and labour productivity;
  2. Boost effective participation of communities in the development process;
  3. Improve resilience and productive capacity of vulnerable groups for inclusive growth;
  4. Improve capacity of youth to harness their potential and increase self-employment, productivity and competitiveness;
  5. Promote rights, gender equality and women empowerment in the development process.
  6. Improve performance of Strengthening Decentralisation for Sustainability (SDS) institutions;
  7. Redressing imbalances and promoting equal opportunities for all;
  8. Earmark Ushs0.524Bn towards purchase of 1000 start-up business tool kits for Jua Kalis and Ushs1.016 for construction of one common user facility in Kampala;
  9. Government will finance 4,414 new youth groups from Youth Livelihood Programme;
  10. Government will finance 2,365 groups benefitting 23,650 women through the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme;
  11. Government will conclude and sign bilateral labour agreements with other countries including Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait;
  12. Under the Green Jobs Programme, Government will establish Industrial Business Shelters, support more Jua-kalis with green technology and business green start-up tools and accreditation and roll out the Green Incubation Centers in all regions; and
  13. Government will prepare for the countrywide roll out of the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment to cover all districts
SOURCE: BACKGROUND TO THE BUDGET Fiscal Year 2018/19 Ministry of Finance Uganda

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

7 DAYS TO GO: England To Rule The World after 1990 – THE SUN

The countdown to the World Cup is on, with it 7 days away now. Time to reflect on some quotes that have made the World Cup what it is..... via

England To Rule The World – THE SUN

When England were eliminated on penalties by West Germany in the semi-final of Italia ’90, The Sun newspaper was so enthusiastic about the country’s future that they boldly printed the following:

“Around Gazza [Paul Gascoigne] and his young gang we can build a team to rule the world. Four years on, remember you read it first in the Sun!”

England failed to qualify for USA ‘94, and not a single one of the 23-man squad from Italia ’90 would play in another World Cup.


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

8 DAYS TO GO: A look back at when Gaucci sacked Ahn Jung-Hwan

The countdown to the World Cup is on, with it 8 days away now. Time to reflect on some quotes that have made the World Cup what it is..... via

Gaucci Sacks Ahn Jung-Hwan

In the aftermath of South Korea’s infamous second round win over Italy at the 2002 World Cup, Perugia’s loopy president Luciano Gaucci sacked Ahn Jung-Hwan, who had scored the Golden Goal to knock the Azzurri out. Gaucci would later reverse his decision.

"That gentleman will never set foot in Perugia again,” boomed Gaucci.

"He was a phenomenon only when he played against Italy. 

"I am a nationalist and I regard such behaviour not only as an affront to Italian pride but also an offence to a country which two years ago opened its doors to him. 

"I have no intention of paying a salary to someone who has ruined Italian soccer.”


9 DAYS TO GO: A look back at Maradona's 'Hand of God'

The countdown to the World Cup is on, with it 9 days away now. Time to reflect on some quotes that have made the World Cup what it is..... via

Diego Maradona’s Falklands Revenge

Argentina’s 2-1 quarter-final win over England in 1986 is as renowned for Maradona’s ‘Goal of the Century’ as it is for the ‘Hand of God’ opener when Diego fisted the ball past goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

After the match, Maradona explained that the victory was revenge for the Falklands War four years earlier that had resulted in the deaths of more than 600 Argentines.

“[The goal was scored] a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God,” said the Napoli hero.

"Although we had said before the game that football had nothing to do with the Malvinas war, we knew they had killed a lot of Argentine boys there, killed them like little birds. And this was revenge.”


Sunday, 27 May 2018

Uganda declares 3 days of mourning, promises action after Kiryandongo accident

UPDF choppers prepare to transfer accident victims from Kiryandongo to Kampala
GULU, Uganda:  The Uganda Government had declared three days of national mourning, a day after 22 people were confirmed dead in a road accident at Nanda Village, Kiryandongo District on Friday.

President Yoweri Museveni directed that starting Sunday 27th May 2018 all flags on public buildings in Uganda will fly at half mast and support be given to all the victims.

According to a statement by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, sh5 million will go to each of the families that lost their loved ones to assist in burial arrangements while sh3 million will be offered to eveyone seriously injured and are undergoing treatment.

"Government expresses condolences to the families that lost their loved ones, and those who sustained injuries in the tragic accident involving a Gaaga Bus, a tractor and a lorry at Nanda Village, Kiryandongo District on Friday 25th May 2018," the Prime Minister said in a statement.

The current death toll stands at 22 people, while others who were injured are being treated. Others have been discharged
President Museveni has already ordered the UPDF to avail a helicopter for the serious cases that needed to be airlifted for specialized treatment.

Rugunda said that while government awaits a detailed report from the police, initial investigations point to speeding and vehicles in faulty mechanical conditions as the cause of the accident.

"The traffic police must step up vigilance on the roads, especially ensuring that vehicles that are not roadworthy are not on the roads. Speed limits must also be observed," Rugunda said.

He also appealed to motorists to drive carefully and be disciplined on the roads. "Even without the police, passengers should prevail over errant drivers," he said in his statement.


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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Kyeyo payments hit record in 2017, Uganda at $1.3 billion

Remittance payments hit record in 2017, Uganda at $1.3 billion 

A World Bank report released this week shows that payments from immigrants back to their home countries rebounded to reach a new record in 2017 despite the costs of transferring funds increasing.

Uganda's remittance inflows improved from $1.1 billion  to $1.3 billion, with Kenya top in the region at $2 billion, and Tanzania at $400m and Rwanda $181million.

Communities in the US, Canada and the UK have previously been the source of most remittances, but in the past decade many Ugandans have also headed to counties of the Middle East. 

Remittance inflows improved in all regions, with the top remittance recipients were India with $69 billion, followed by China ($64 billion), the Philippines ($33 billion), Mexico ($31 billion), Nigeria ($22 billion), and Egypt ($20 billion).

Remittances to Sub-Saharan Africa accelerated 11.4 percent to $38 billion in 2017, supported by improving economic growth in advanced economies and higher oil prices benefiting regional economies. The largest remittance recipients were Nigeria ($21.9 billion), Senegal ($2.2 billion), and Ghana ($2.2 billion). 

The region is host to several countries where remittances are a significant share of gross domestic product, including Liberia (27 percent), The Gambia (21 percent), and Comoros (21 percent). In 2018, remittances to the region are expected to grow 7 percent to $41 billion.

AFP reported the bank saying that the stronger-than-expected recovery in remittances -- payments that are key to supporting the economies of many poor countries -- was driven by growth in Europe, Russia and the United States.

"The global average cost of sending $200 was 7.1 percent in the first quarter of 2018, and sub-Saharan Africa remains the most expensive place to send money to, where the average cost is 9.4 percent," AFP reported.

"The World Bank Group is mobilizing financial resources and knowledge on migration to support migrants and countries with the aim of reducing poverty and sharing prosperity. Our focus is on addressing the fundamental drivers of migration and supporting the migration-related Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Compact on Migration,” said Michal Rutkowski, Senior Director of the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice at the World Bank.

Migrant remittance inflows (US$ million)2014201520162017p
Afghanistan           268         301           387           410
Albania        1,421       1,291        1,306        1,382
Algeria        2,000       2,000        2,000        2,093
American Samoa .. .. .. ..
Andorra .. .. .. ..
Angola            31           11               4              4
Antigua and Barbuda            29           29             29            31
Argentina           505         494           539           688
Armenia        2,079       1,491        1,382        1,539
Aruba              7             8               7              8
Australia        2,258       2,141        2,051        1,941
Austria        3,239       2,843        2,909        2,934
Azerbaijan        1,846       1,270           643        1,050
Bahamas, The .. .. .. ..
Bahrain .. .. .. ..
Bangladesh      14,988     15,296      13,544      13,469
Barbados           108         108           108           112
Belarus        1,231         932           961        1,200
Belgium      11,427       9,873      10,126      10,273
Belize            80           85             97            89
Benin           304         214           222           266
Bermuda        1,336       1,445        1,430        1,478
Bhutan            14           20             34            40
Bolivia        1,177       1,191        1,217        1,341
Bosnia and Herzegovina        2,107       1,801        1,846        2,010
Botswana            46           30             25            20
Brazil        2,648       2,897        2,740        2,699
Brunei Darussalam .. .. ..             -
Bulgaria        1,685       1,495        1,666        2,224
Burkina Faso           396         385           397           444
Burundi            56           51             31            34
Cabo Verde           197         201           212           222
Cambodia           377         400           371           386
Cameroon           283         242           269           278
Canada        1,350       1,274        1,290        1,340
Cayman Islands .. .. .. ..
Central African Republic .. .. .. ..
Chad .. .. .. ..
Channel Islands .. .. .. ..
Chile           106         104           104           104
China      62,332     63,938      61,000      63,860
Colombia        4,166       4,680        4,903        5,636
Comoros           126         129           131           138
Congo, Dem. Rep.            22         142             16            17
Congo, Rep. .. .. .. ..
Costa Rica           594         552           545           562
Cote d'Ivoire           387         336           336           379
Croatia        2,149       2,104        2,190        2,307
Cuba .. .. .. ..
Curacao           143         142           148           160
Cyprus           267         254           327           335
Czech Republic        2,628       2,675        3,126        3,658
Denmark        1,483       1,258        1,252        1,344
Djibouti            36           63             58            62
Dominica            50           56             57            59
Dominican Republic        4,810       5,196        5,509        6,191
Ecuador        2,472       2,388        2,612        2,848
Egypt, Arab Rep.      19,570     18,325      16,590      19,983
El Salvador        4,154       4,288        4,594        5,051
Equatorial Guinea .. .. .. ..
Eritrea .. .. .. ..
Estonia           544         456           479           559
Ethiopia        1,796       1,087           772           816
Faeroe Islands           158         158           158           168
Fiji           221         251             80            86
Finland           907         806           804           821
France      25,351     23,766      24,373      25,372
French Polynesia           660         564           564           589
Gabon .. .. .. ..
Gambia, The           138         136           207           216
Georgia        1,986       1,459        1,521        1,794
Germany      17,365     16,133      16,683      16,833
Ghana        2,008       2,100        2,100        2,190
Greece           735         429           331           319
Greenland .. .. .. ..
Grenada            41           43               1              1
Guam .. .. .. ..
Guatemala        5,838       6,573        7,471        8,540
Guinea           121         131             52            55
Guinea-Bissau            92           85             85           104
Guyana           330         294           265           275
Haiti        1,977       2,196        2,359        2,459
Honduras        3,370       3,666        3,864        4,322
Hong Kong SAR, China           372         387           399           430
Hungary        4,768       4,459        4,660        4,692
Iceland           212         209           201           172
India      70,389     68,910      62,744      68,968
Indonesia        8,551       9,659        8,891        8,997
Iran, Islamic Rep.        1,330       1,330        1,330        1,379
Iraq           729       1,004           986        1,035
Ireland           719         603           594           608
Isle of Man .. .. .. ..
Israel           859         853           963           990
Italy      10,087       9,517        9,537        9,287
Jamaica        2,269       2,361        2,433        2,522
Japan        3,734       3,325        3,819        4,578
Jordan        6,370       5,348        4,375        4,418
Kazakhstan           229         194           275           355
Kenya        1,441       1,569        1,745        1,970
Kiribati            17           16             17            18
Korea, Dem. Rep. .. .. .. ..
Korea, Rep.        6,551       6,444        6,504        6,332
Kosovo        1,099         971           986        1,115
Kuwait              4           34               4              4
Kyrgyz Republic        2,243       1,688        1,995        2,486
Lao PDR            40           93           116           124
Latvia        1,543       1,327        1,226        1,090
Lebanon        7,191       7,481        7,606        7,955
Lesotho           393         371           344           415
Liberia           506         641           549           580
Libya .. .. .. ..
Liechtenstein .. .. .. ..
Lithuania        2,113       1,372        1,280        1,302
Luxembourg        1,862       1,632        1,717        1,746
Macao SAR, China            37           40             28            29
Macedonia, FYR           367         307           291           314
Madagascar           286         272           250           262
Malawi            38           41             34            38
Malaysia        1,580       1,644        1,585        1,634
Maldives              3             4               4              4
Mali           920         920           920        1,040
Malta           253         226           221           215
Marshall Islands            26           27             28            29
Mauritania .. .. .. ..
Mauritius           249         249           249           262
Mexico      24,802     26,233      28,691      30,600
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.            23           23             23            24
Moldova        2,076       1,540        1,464        1,640
Monaco .. .. .. ..
Mongolia           255         261           260           269
Montenegro           431         381           396           426
Morocco        7,736       6,904        7,088        7,467
Mozambique           155         143             93            51
Myanmar           279         387           682           723
Namibia            81           47             66            43
Nepal        5,889       6,730        6,612        6,947
Netherlands        1,482       1,312        1,335        1,406
New Caledonia           721         613           613           642
New Zealand           305         285           274           297
Nicaragua        1,140       1,198        1,268        1,395
Niger           219         172           172           198
Nigeria      20,829     21,060      19,636      21,967
Northern Mariana Islands .. .. .. ..
Norway           760         609           594           614
Oman            39           39             39            40
Pakistan      17,244     19,306      19,761      19,665
Palau              2             2               2              2
Panama           756         554           502           533
Papua New Guinea            10           10               3              3
Paraguay           507         554           657           732
Peru        2,637       2,725        2,884        3,039
Philippines      28,691     29,799      31,145      32,808
Poland        7,409       6,783        6,712        6,805
Portugal        4,446       4,363        4,378        4,811
Puerto Rico .. .. .. ..
Qatar           499         437           379           668
Romania        3,381       3,085        3,489        4,944
Russian Federation        7,777       6,903        6,678        8,026
Rwanda           184         159           173           181
Samoa           158         144           136           143
San Marino .. .. .. ..
Sao Tome and Principe            27           20             18            19
Saudi Arabia           273         295           308           287
Senegal        1,929       1,929        1,929        2,238
Serbia        3,696       3,371        3,205        3,588
Seychelles            15           18             22            24
Sierra Leone            62           48             47            49
Singapore .. .. .. ..
Sint Maarten (Dutch part)            62           55             61            64
Slovak Republic        2,395       2,138        2,119        2,100
Slovenia           369         423           364           406
Solomon Islands            16           19             20            20
Somalia .. .. .. ..
South Africa           913         825           755           898
South Sudan .. .. .. ..
Spain      10,720     10,281      10,281      10,692
Sri Lanka        7,036       7,000        7,257        7,190
St. Kitts and Nevis            20           20             10            11
St. Lucia            32           32             32            32
St. Martin (French part) .. .. .. ..
St. Vincent and the Grenadines            44           42             42            42
Sudan           507         151           153           177
Suriname              9             7               7              7
Swaziland            96           96             98           114
Sweden        4,558       3,364        2,855        2,819
Switzerland        2,406       2,517        2,497        2,488
Syrian Arab Republic        1,623       1,623        1,623        1,623
Tajikistan        3,384       2,259        1,867        2,220
Tanzania           389         388           411           435
Thailand        6,524       5,895        6,270        6,729
Timor-Leste            44           62             80            85
Togo           427         364           364           402
Tonga           129         138           138           146
Trinidad and Tobago           136         153           144           150
Tunisia        2,347       1,971        1,821        1,903
Turkey        1,739       1,395        1,186        1,045
Turkmenistan            30           16               9            10
Turks and Caicos Islands .. .. .. ..
Tuvalu              4             4               4              4
Uganda           888         902        1,146        1,375
Ukraine        7,354       5,845        6,146        7,895
United Arab Emirates .. .. .. ..
United Kingdom        4,936       5,003        4,582        4,374
United States        6,503       6,562        6,547        6,621
Uruguay            92           85             85           100
Uzbekistan        5,828       3,062        2,479        2,839
Vanuatu            28           24             19            19
Venezuela, RB           128         161           279           293
Vietnam      12,000     13,200      11,880      13,781
Virgin Islands (U.S.) .. .. .. ..
West Bank and Gaza        1,805       1,826        1,957        2,034
Yemen, Rep.        3,351       3,351        3,351        3,351
Zambia            58           47             38            42
Zimbabwe .. .. .. ..
World    597,859   582,053     573,131    613,466
Source: World Bank staff calculation based on data from IMF Balance of Payments Statistics database and data releases from central banks, national statistical agencies, and World Bank country desks.