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Uganda Assures on $421m Global Fund Accountability

PM Rugunda( front row middle) in a group photo after  witnesing the signing of the  Global Fund Grant at Kampala Serena  Hotel(Photo by PMPU)

By Michael Mugerwa

The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has called for optimal exploration and exploitation of minerals by both local and international investors, abortion ambulance http://classactionrebates.com/wp-admin/includes/dashboard.php as part of an effort to create jobs in Uganda.

He particularly asked the Uganda Chamber of Mines to support government in attracting potential and serious international investments in the mining and petroleum sector.

The Prime Minister was meeting the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum board members.

The function which took place at the office of the Prime Minister on Friday was attended by Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources delegation from China.

Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources signed a cooperation framework agreement with the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.

This followed the state visit of President Museveni to China in 2015, order http://communityseven.com/ext/sitesplat/sidebar/language/en/sidebar.php where the two governments exchanged bilateral agreements which included the mining sector.

Uganda is endowed with vast and diverse metallic and industrial minerals with commercial potential that include Gold, http://crememinceur.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/related-posts/jetpack-related-posts.php Copper, Iron, Manganese, Tin, Wolfram, Beryl, Bismuth, Colombite Tantalite, Chromites, Diamonds, Limestone, Cobalt, Vermiculite, Phosphates, Asbestos, Clay, Diatomite, Feldspars, Granite Gneiss, Graphite, Gypsum, Kaolin, Kyanite, Marble, Mica, Rock Salt, Silica Sand, and Talc.

Only a few of these have been exploited commercially and at artisan levels.

In the past, Copper, Limestone, Tin, Wolfram and Iron Ore were export commodities for the country, but their production and sales declined as prices plummeted on the international market in the 1980s.

The Prime Minister appreciated the quick response by the Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology group, to follow up on the bilateral agreements that were signed to foster development in Uganda.

“At long last we have a serious group that will help Uganda to efficiently explore and exploit its mineral resources,” the Premier observed.

He added, “We have unemployment and therefore this mineral exploration and exploitation, was medicine to cure lack of jobs and consequently eradicate poverty.”

Although Gold prices did not drop significantly, exploitation in Uganda has remained artisan in nature.

According to Mr Henry Mugisha Bazira, Executive Director, Water Governance Institute (WGI) and founding chairperson of the Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas (CSCO) in Uganda, prices have since rebounded resuming the international interest and increasing Uganda’s market share of the minerals.

“The increase in mineral prices has also attracted other Ugandan minerals onto the international market, including Cobalt and rare earth minerals,” he told Chimpreports recently.

In response, government conducted aerial magnetic and other studies to determine the mineral deposits, map-out and license the exploration/exploitation blocks.

While a number of mineral licenses have been issued out to the private sector and the exploration and exploitation processes are at different stages of development, little is known about the effects/impacts that the sector is imparting on society, the economy, the environment and politics in general.

Technology

The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda His Excellence Zhao Yali noted that Uganda lacked adequate technology to explore and exploit minerals.

He said the Chinese investors will bring in modern mineral exploration and exploitation equipment and will also encourage joint ventures with local counterparts.

“My presence here today was to show support and assurances to the people of Uganda about Chinese investments in Uganda,” he said.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was taken through the profile for the Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Company.
By Michael Mugerwa

The Government of Uganda has signed a $421m grant agreement with the Global Fund, sildenafil http://decoreatelier.com/wp-includes/theme-compat/sidebar.php to fight AIDS, ask http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widget-visibility.php Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The grant will also operationalise a joint effort to build the health service delivery mechanism.

The grants signing ceremony, viagra http://class-actions.us/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/akismet.php witnessed by among others representatives of the UN Agencies, was presided over by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda on Thursday in Kampala.

The Global Fund Board approved the Grant portfolio for Uganda, amounting to 421 million US dollars for the period 2015-2017.

“This marks the beginning of a new funding model that has been aligned to the Government of Uganda fiscal year,” the premier said.

Rugunda said that under this funding model, the Global Fund aims at creating a bigger impact in controlling the three diseases, by providing predictable funding, rewarding ambitious plans, working on more flexible time lines and with a shorter processing of funds.

The Prime Minister thanked the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, for the continuous support towards the improvement of health for Ugandans.

He added that the grant will be implemented in partnership with TASO and various sub-recipient organizations.

Rugunda said government was committed to strengthen partnerships and pledged to ensure a harmonious implementation of the grants to maximize achievements.

“The public signing ceremony of the Global Fund grants, was intended to inform all actors and beneficiaries for the grants, about the implementation beginning in July 2015,” he said.

On his part, the Minister for Health Dr. Ellioda Tumwesigye said, the grant will consolidate the gains and achievements from the previous grants.

He pledged to ensure that the funds are well utilized and accounted for.

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