The Office of the Prime Minister in partnership with World bank held the Third National Partnership Technical Forum at Sheraton Kampala Hotel On Thursday 5th July 2018 under the theme “contributing towards accelerated inclusive growth and development”.
The forum was chaired by the Head of Public service and Secretary to Cabinet Mr. John Mitala and was attended by Permanent Secretaries, Executive Directors of various MDAs, Ambassadors from various countries, Development Partners and the Civil Society Organizations.
In his opening speech, the Head of public service highlighted that the forum had been held to initiate consultations on the Mid Term Review of the NDPII so as to agree on a process for further analyzing and agreeing on strategies for addressing key development and implementation issues affecting public service delivery. He added that the Mid Term review of NDP II presented a good opportunity to jointly analyze trends and discuss mid-course adjustments to revive, accelerate and sustain inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction through assessing the overall performance of implementation against the NDPII objectives and targets. He further noted that Uganda had achieved a number of mile stones due to her excellent relations and partnerships with the development partners and that the Partnership dialogue framework should be nurtured to facilitate further alignment of development assistance towards these broad macro targets.
The chairperson local development partners group equally noted the importance of the NDPII Mid Term Review of the NDPII in the analysis of Uganda’s Policies and development trends, and the need to extensively study the drivers of inclusive economic growth. As a way of tackling the problem of non-implementation of the plans in Uganda the international community recommended, need for realism, tougher prioritization and alignment of national plans to the budget if Uganda’s NDPs are to meet the intended results.
In his presentation, the Executive Director NPA mentioned the importance of the Mid Term Review and thanked government for availing funds for the whole process. The key priority areas he cited to be considered in the review were; Results Framework at all levels, Policy and Strategic Direction, Institutional Framework, Economic Management, Development Partnership and Political Economy. However, a number of compelling reasons for the review were cited like the sustained implementation challenges, public investment failing to drive growth, increasing trends of debt, the imbalance between Uganda’s investment in infrastructure development and the high poverty levels that need critical thinking of the next strategic direction.
The forum was concluded with more emphasis on; Fiscal Strategy and Balancing of Budget, inclusive Social Spending, Population Growth, Poverty and Vulnerability, Agriculture Productivity, Oil Extraction and Revenue Management, Climate Change and Environmental Management, Forced Displacement, Implementation Challenges, Institutional Framework, inclusive role of Sector Working Groups, Accountability and Public Finance Management, Resource Mobilization Strategies, inclusive revenues, Partnerships and Development Effectiveness would be considered as the Key contextual and development issues to be considered in the NDPII mid-term review.