PM Rugunda Cites Improvement in Gov’t Performance

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda speaking at the opening of the Annual cabinet retreat held at Office of Prime Minister on Monday

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Sudanese Food Bank (SFB), pilule have Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join efforts in providing assistance to vulnerable and needy people in Sudan.

Through this partnership, this site WFP and SFB will work closely together in areas of food security, about it nutrition, education, community resilience building and capacity building of NGOs/CBOs at national and state levels.

In a special ceremony held at WFP Sudan Country Office in Khartoum and attended by representatives of both parties, ,, and SFB Director, Ibrahim Osman signed the MoU which effectively created a framework for creative and strategic partnership between the two organizations.

“In line with the sustainable development goal 2 which aims to build support with the objective of achieving zero hunger, signing this MoU will enable both organizations to cooperate and coordinate their work to jointly assist towards realization of this goal and breaking the cycle of poverty in vulnerable communities in the country,” World Food Programme revealed.

“This is a good opportunity for both of our organizations to join efforts, share knowledge and experience and develop an effective strategy to eventually ensure that vulnerable people get the support they need to lead a decent life and become self-reliant,” WFP Sudan Country Director, Adnan Khan said.

“This MOU provides a dynamic and strategic framework for the collaboration between our two organizations to effectively respond to the needs of the vulnerable communities and at the same time build their resilience and livelihoods,” the Sudanese Food Bank Director General, Ibrahim Osman divulged.
The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has asked government leaders to take stock of implementation progress of government programs by benchmarking on action points.

He pointed out that budgeting must be anchored on comprehensive analysis of the previous financial year to enhance service delivery that benefits the citizens.

VP Ssekandi on Monday officially opened the Annual Performance Review Retreat for the financial year 2014/15 held at the Office of Prime Minister, symptoms which brought together Ministers, diagnosis Ministers of State, Permanent Secretaries and representatives of Local Government.

“This annual review indicates maturity in the democratization process, to openly share our successes and failures in a bid to find solutions to the withstanding bottlenecks” said the Vice President.

The 3 day retreat will climax with the budget conference on Wednesday at Kampala Serena Hotel where President Museveni is expected to address government officials.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said that the performance review is an opportune moment to assess the implementation of priorities and provide answers to emerging issues.

He said that the level of performance represents a significant improvement compared to financial year 2013/14.

“The financial year 2014/15 was the 4th year of implementation of the NRM Manifesto whose major focus was on rural growth, infrastructure, human resource development and commercialization of agriculture”

The retreat brought together Ministers, Ministers of State, Permanent Secretaries and delegates from local governments

The retreat brought together Ministers, Ministers of State, Permanent Secretaries and delegates from local governments

“The NRM government has performed well on these commitments but implementation speed remains a challenge” admitted PM Rugunda.

He however announced that cabinet recently approved a framework to internationalize a delivery unit in OPM to support implementing agencies and intensifying rigorous problem solving.

Assessment of performance covered 111 districts and 22 municipal councils covering 7 areas of production, health, education, roads, water, community based services and natural resources. In the overall district output performance; 53 percent of all local governments targets were achieved in FY 2014/15, an improvement from 43 percent last FY.

Best performing districts include Namatumba (81percent), Buyende, Bukedea, Hoime, Otuke, Mpigi, Busia, Mbale and Mitooma. The low performers included; Sembabule, Kamwenge, Bulambuli, Luwero and Kyegegwa.


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