The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has launched the World Bank Report and Strategy on Development of greater Kampala Metropolitan area.
The report titled: From regulators to enablers: The role of city governments in Economic Development of Greater Kampala and the strategy were launched at Pearl of Africa hotel in Kampala.
The Prime Minister Dr Rugunda said both the report and the strategy paper address an area of the strategic importance to the NRM Government, adding the NRM Manifesto prioritizes interventions for promoting urban development and development of Kampala metropolitan area.
The Premier noted that interventions such as affirmative actions for urban poor which entails provision of piped clean water, seed funding microenterprises for the urban poor especially women and youth as well as development and coordination of urban transport infrastructure.
“The NRM Government prioritizes construction of express ways within the greater Kampala metropolitan area and other urban areas,” Rugunda said adding that these great initiatives cannot be implemented by a single agency hence the need for inter-agency and multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships.
He applauded National Planning Authority for coordinating the key players and the World Bank for the technical assistance.
The Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs, Betty Kamya called for the readiness of all stakeholders to implement the strategy.
Kamya said Greater Kampala metropolitan which includes Wakiso, Mukono and Mpigi cannot be wished away and the onus is on government to create a legal framework to function in a coordinated manner with a budget.
The Chairman, National Planning Authority Dr Kisamba Mugerwa said National planning authority needs more authority to undertake integrated multi-sectoral planning.
Some of the issues that were identified for consideration include: the need to develop a structural plan for greater Kampala and development of policy and regulatory guidelines for development of cities and metropolitan areas.
The Minister responsible for planning is expected to present to cabinet a memorandum on the strategy with the certificate of financial implication for consideration.
March 13, 2018