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Govt Sets New Foreign Travel Clearance System for Public Officers

Minister Frank Tumwebaze
Minister Frank Tumwebaze

The government of Uganda has changed the practice on clearance of Public Officers to travel abroad, Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of ICT & National Guidance said in a statement.

The resolution was made during a Cabinet Sitting on Friday August 25.

In the new changes, clearance for Ministers, Ministers of State, Specified Officers, Head of Public Service, Deputy Head of Public Service, Permanent Secretaries and Chief Administrative Officers will be the responsibility of the Prime Minister.

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It has also been approved that respective ministers will be charged with clearance for other Public Officers below the position of Permanent Secretaries and Chief Administrative Officers.

The Current Practice has been that all travels abroad would be cleared by the Prime Minister.

Tumwebaze revealed that “the measure was intended to reduce on the cost of travels abroad through rationalization of trips abroad at any given time.”

With the new policy, according to the Minister, the Prime Minister’s work load would reduce.

It would also “enable Ministers to take full charge of the affairs of their ministries and therefore be accountable as Political heads.”

The meeting further saw the approval of the National Export Development Strategy (NEDS), an approach which will “operationalize the Policy on export promotion and coordinate all efforts of different ministries.”

Chaired by the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, the sitting directed all responsible Ministers to undertake Sectoral budget reprioritization in context of the NEDS implementation with a view to focusing existing resources on implementing the NEDS.

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