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Funding security sector: Officials hold consultations for 2020/21 budget

By Our Reporter

Security sector inter-ministerial consultations on the budget for the financial year 2020/21 were ongoing on Thursday at the Ministry of Finance headquarters in Kampala.

Like other sectors, these consultations are aimed at concretizing the strategic policy & operational interventions for next FY’s budget & gain consensus on key strategic initiatives, officials say.

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija is leading the consultations.

Key issues in the sector include: Improving the capacity and capability of security sector, enhancing welfare & personal development of the security personnel, emerging global security threats and transition, resettlement and re-integration of veterans into productive civilian livelihoods.

Yesterday Governance Cluster Inter-ministerial consultations on the budget for the coming financial year took place at the same premises.

The consultations were aimed at concretizing the strategic policy and operational interventions for next FY’s budget and gain consensus on key strategic initiatives that need to be reflected in respective sector budget framework papers.

The sectors under this cluster include: Justice, Law and Order, Accountability, Public sector management, public administration and the recently formed Local Governments’ sector.

Challenges for this cluster include: Inadequate service delivery especially in education and health, non-adherence to public financial management laws and regulations, inefficiencies in justice system, violation of human rights and increased levels and changing dimensions of crime.

Suggested strategies include: Need to pursue peace, security and rule of law, improving effectiveness of both fiscal & administrative governance systems, promoting access to justice, public sector transformation and efficiently delivering peaceful 2021 general elections.

Government of Uganda resource envelope is expected to decline to Shs22.998 billion in the coming financial year from Shs23, 464 billion in the current financial year.

Also, inter-ministerial consultations on the budget for next FY 2020/21 also took place on Tuesday for ministries of Works and Transport, Energy and Mineral development, CT & National Guidance, Lands and Urban Development and Local Government.

Minister of State for Planning David Bahati while opening the Inter-ministerial consultations said infrastructure development contributes immensely to national development by supporting increased productivity and production for productive sectors such as agriculture, tourism, minerals, oil and gas.

“Rural development entails process of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in rural areas which in many cases are relatively isolated and sparsely populated,” said Bahati.

Some of the key policy and operational issues for the infrastructure and rural development infrastructure include: lack of physical plans and regional economic development plans, limited sectoral & inter-sectoral coordination in the planning process.

Others are delays in acquisition of right of way, vandalisation of infrastructure and skewed investments in road infrastructure development at detriment of road maintenance.

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