Uganda’s Decentralization Model Shines in Africa – Museveni

President Museveni has said that peace and liberalizing the economy has emancipated the services sector and enhanced public services delivery towards improvement of the welfare of Ugandans, nurse adding, tadalafil decentralization in Uganda is an example of progress on the continent.

In a speech read for him by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi during the annual commemorations of the African Day of Decentralization and local Government at Masaka Liberation grounds, the President said decentralization was a key milestone that enabled the involvement of Ugandans in decision-making and leadership at all levels.

He said the country’s GDP has shifted from about USD300 per capita in 1985 to the current about 800 dollars.

Uganda’s average GDP is growing at 6.2 percent annually which he said is one of the fastest growing economies on the continent, adding that the number of Ugandans living below the poverty line of less than 20 percent of the population has significantly reduced.

The President called for more concerted efforts to reduce absolute poverty for the East African region and on the continent in general, through investing in infrastructure improvement which he said will reduce the cost of doing business and attract more investment and link markets.

Local Government Minister, Tom Butime, said Local Governments have established business economic forums, which comprise all economic development stakeholders identifying comparative viable economic ventures which will propel the country to the desired middle income status by 2020.

Minister Butime said that among other achievement, decentralization has provided leadership from the village to national level adding that civil servants who deliver the basic services are recruited based on need of the respective local Government.

The Deputy Country Director United Nations Development Programme, Thomas Ole-kuyan said that with Uganda’s focus on local governance, the people have greater access to services, security and have their priority development goals met and pledged UNDP’s support to the decentralization programme in Uganda for uniform growth.

He added that during the 24 years of decentralization Uganda has evolved political and administrative governance, financial management, service delivery and economic development functions which are imbedded in the power shared across the government administrative spectrum.

During the function, under the theme Decentralization at 24: Re-engineering Locally initiated Development, Vice President was among individuals honoured for their exemplary public service records and support to the decentralization programme in Uganda.


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