President Museveni has said there is need to focus on the four critical sectors of the economy namely; Agriculture, Services, Industry and ICT. He said the sectors have the potential to drive the country to the middle income status.

The President noted that the four sectors are inter-linked and are key in enhancing industrialization and job creation in the country.

“Uganda is naturally gifted and thus has the potential to specialize in the sectors of Agriculture, Industry, Services and ICT. Uganda has minerals, land for investment among other resources which can enhance growth and development of the country,” Mr. Museveni said.

The President made the remarks during the 2-day retreat of the Government Annual Performance Report(GAPR) for Financial Year 2017/2018, which was organized under the theme “Industrialization for Job Creation and Shared Prosperity” at the Office of the President’s Conference Hall on Tuesday.

The Government Annual Performance Report aims at providing timely, and accurate information to policy makers, particularly Cabinet and Parliament on the performance of Government. It also analyses the outputs and outcomes that are being realized in terms of actual changes in the quality, access and utilization of public services, governance and security.

In addition, GAPR reviews the performance of the financial support mobilized both domestically and externally thus providing accountability of the national budget expenditure, as well as outlining key areas of good performance, under-performance and opportunities for policy redress.

The Government Annual Performance Report for the FY 2017/18 indicated that there was an improvement in the performance of the sectors against the set targets for the FY 2017/2018 as compared to the previous financial year. The Report highlighted that Performance across the sectors improved to 61% in the financial year 2017/18 from 53% in the financial year 2016/17.

President Museveni emphasized the need to focus on commercial agriculture noting that it is the backbone of Uganda’s economy.

“Uganda’s industrialization is based on the agricultural sector. We therefore need to focus on commercial agriculture which will drive the country into a middle income status. Commercial crops such as coffee, cotton among others should be given priority in the agriculture sector,” Museveni said, adding that the Agriculture sector is also key in linking to other sectors such as service sectors through transportation of Agro products and ICT for communication and Industry.

Museveni also urged the Education sector to focus on science subjects and programs in schools noting that they are on high demanded in the job market.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda urged the key stakeholders to implement the actions and recommendations of the Retreat to enhance service delivery.

He said the Political leaders, Policy makers, Managers and Technical officers should endeavor to use the performance review platforms instituted by Office of the Prime Minister to enhance continuous assessment of performance of their Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

I request all of us to play our role and do our best within our means and power to implement the resolutions of the two- day retreat. As leaders, we are expected to cause change in our institutions’ management and programs, draw attention of the officers we supervise to the new issues, create dialogue on the issues and a culture of results,” the Premier said.

The Premier also directed the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives to prepare a paper for cabinet on how the Development sectors; that is Agriculture, Industry, services and ICT sectors can be enhanced.

Some of the emerging issues highlighted from the retreat include; completing the vertical integration and value chains of coffee, cotton and forest products among others since agro processing is key for industrialization, and maintaining a total ban on exportation of unprocessed minerals.

It was also observed that budgetary limitations and low staffing levels are some the factors that undermined the sectors from achieving their set targets.

The retreat was attended by Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Agencies and Local Government Representatives among others.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

BY DOREEN NASASIRA