The delegates at the 1st Manufacturing Business Summit on Wednesday resolved to effectively utilize the available resources within the region for structural transformation of the manufacturing sector.
The Forum which was jointly organized by East Africa Community Secretariat and East African Business Council ushered in a new dawn in the history of manufacturing in East Africa region as it brought together all shareholders in manufacturing under one roof to discuss the question of manufacturing and its role in deepening the integration and fostering economic growth in EAC.
Officially opened by the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, viagra http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-post-v1-2-endpoint.php the Summit which was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo was attended by Mukhisa Kituyi, pharmacy UNCTAD Secretary General, Amb. Richard Sezibera, EAC Secretary General, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Adan Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Kenya and Tabu Abdallah Manirakiza, Minister for Finance Republic of Burundi among others.
The forum also resolved to use Public and private procurement as key to creating necessary demand for locally manufactured products as well as promoting technology based business start-ups.
The governments of East Africa Partner States and the private sector were therefore called upon to prioritize in their procurement and the sourcing of locally manufactured products.
The EAC Secretariat in collaboration with EABC was asked to prepare a regional promotional strategy for the implementation of Buy-East Africa-Build- East Africa scheme (BEABEA).
Information from the EAC Secretariat reveals that EAC during the summit decided on the formulation of a regional Local Content policy which clearly defines ‘local’ in a regional content to ensure that preferential treatments accorded to nationals are extended to all suppliers within in East Africa region.
Furthermore, the delegates resolved to formulate a regional policy for motor vehicles, textiles & apparels, leather & footwear to create a coherent policy regime for the development of these sectors which are crucial for employment creation, poverty reduction and advancement in technological capability.
EAC in collaboration with EABC will formulate a regional skill development and partnership programe targeting mainstreaming of apprenticeship, internship and graduate on-job training in school, TVET and university syllabuses/curriculum.
Energy (power) is a vital input into manufacturing constituting between 20-50 percent of the cost of production.
The East Africa Partner States in the summit were called upon to take measures to reduce the cost of power through reforms in the energy/power sector to reduce power lose, permitting industries to generate their own power and supply excess to the national grid as well as introducing energy efficiency and conservation measures in industries
The EAC decided to enact a law and put in place an effective enforcement mechanism that will deter import, production, sales, and distribution of counterfeit and illicit goods.
President Museveni has said there is no serious dialogue between the three arms of government; the executive, stomach http://crosscourtathletics.org/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/lightbox/module.lightbox.php the legislature and the judiciary, decease to talk about strategy and ideology of the country.
“We only talk about sharing resources which is not enough. We must understand, approved what does the State want to do? There is a weakness of harmony and orientation of strategy,” he said.
The President was Wednesday speaking to over 80 judges whom he hosted at State House in Entebbe.
Responding to a presentation by the Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe, on the transformation of the Judiciary for National Development, President Museveni cited UPE and USE that were initiated by government following a steady tax collection regime.
“We thought having these children in school was unavoidable. When the tax collection improved from Shs 2.8bn in 1986 to Shs 728bn in 1997, we started UPE. The number of children in school jumped from the initial 2.5million to 8.8million. The Problem is that with policies and prioritization, the judiciary is not involved that is why they don’t get the logic and factors taken into account,” he said.
The President said with the tax collection now at Shs 12,000 billion (12trillion), government has invested in infrastructure development in the education, health, roads and electricity sectors.
“Public service increased teachers from 80,000 to 160,000 with increased classrooms. There was load shedding which has stopped. We were spending very little of our money on infrastructure and depended on donors,” he said.
The President said government now spends Shs 3,000 bn on roads, Shs 1,700 bn on electricity and quite a bit on the army.
President Museveni said that government has put more efforts in the construction of roads in all parts of the country using locally generated resources.
He said the roads would have a big impact on the national economy because they would serve for a long time and provide an opportunity to address other important sectors that need to be funded.
“We spend quite a bit on the army to be able to build a strong army although soldiers get low wages. Amin soldiers were well paid but had no weapons. But we said weapons first. We brought peace cheaply with most of our soldiers sleeping in Maama Ingia Pole. If we did not do this, we would have our country run by the United Nations,” he said, adding that peace is enabling Uganda to get more money.
“I can speak authoritatively that we have one institution that has given you exemplary service cheaply. It’s not a story, it’s not something I read in a book, I have it here on good record,” he said.
The President assured the Judges of state security after their retirement and said judicial officers should retire with 100 percent of their normal service benefits.
He said this is a cost effective way of addressing the welfare of the judicial officers.
He urged them to improvise in line with housing for the courts and proposed institutional housing for judicial service officers.
President Museveni said that the NRM Government was fully committed to providing vehicles for all judges and Magistrates in the country and proposed that they establish a SACCO that government can facilitate.
He said that the government would soon fund medical check-up for them in health facilities of their choice within the country.
Museveni said government will support the Shs 36bn five year ICT strategic plan to roll out a robust case management system providing for E-filing to reduce timelines and loss of files.
The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, commended President Museveni for eliminating extra Judicial killings in the country.
He however, pointed out that the judiciary has rental arrears of Shs 3bn and that the Supreme Court may be up for eviction if nothing is done.
Katureebe said with a 46 percent growth in the budget from Shs 63bn in 2012/13 to Shs 92bn in 2014/15, performance also increased by 49 percent from 102,000 cases in 2010/11 to 152,000 cases disposed of in 2014/15.