Accounting Officers Directed On Performance Reporting


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The meeting, characterized by a keynote address by Prof. Ben Kiregyera, an international consultant and former UBOS board chairman, was part of a programme to mark the African Statistics Week. The theme was “Quality Data to Support African Progress”.

Mbabazi disclosed that Uganda and Somalia were the only countries in Africa which had not undertaken population censuses in the last 11 years to provide credible statistics for evidence-based planning. Uganda also lagged behind without a national identity card.

“As patriots and a people placed in the high offices of government and the private sector, let us work together and champion these strategic national activities,” Mbabazi implored.

Uganda’s population census is scheduled for next August, while the National Security Information System project, in which all citizens aged 18 years and above will be issued with national identity cards, started rolling out in July and will end in December 2015.

Mbabazi, who was happy with the progress so far made on the project, urged MDAs to embrace strategic approaches to improving statistical capacity and the quality of their statistical information, and manage for development results.

“We would like to achieve development outcomes and impact on sustained improvement in the lives of people by having more children educated, fewer infants dying, more families lifted out of poverty, less maternal mortality and child deaths but above all, a thriving economy,” Mbabazi said.

He reported that his office championed the development of the National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy to enhance evidence-based decision making and to strengthen accountability in government systems.

The Minister of State for Investment, Gabriel Ajedra hailed UBOS for being recognised as a role model in the whole of Africa. He urged all MDAs to generate statistics through their administrative actions in order to aid planning.

The UBOS Executive Director, Ben Mungyereza said the organisation had been developing national statistical standards over the years, the latest being 65 which were approved this year. UBOS is legally mandated to formulate National Standards.

The launch, attracted accounting officers, chief executives of government statutory agencies, private sector, the academia and civil society, among others.


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