(Xinhua) -- The Ugandan government on
Thursday launched an ambitious 30-year development
plan tailored to transforming the East African country
to a modern and prosperous one, through harnessing
emerging development opportunities such oil
exploration, E-revolution, globalization and economic
blue print development plan dubbed Vision 2040 was
launched by the country’s President Yoweri Museveni
at a ceremony held in the capital Kampala.
main thrust of Vision 2040 is to transform Uganda from
a predominantly peasant and low income country to a
competitive upper middle income country with a capita
income of about 9,500 U. S. dollars by 2040 up from
506 dollars in 2010.
told mammoth crowd that Uganda has finally crafted a
detailed plan on how to achieve economic development
in the country.
are now set to move, let all the budgeting reflect
the aims of this plan. We need 200 billion dollars
to implement this plan. With our oil, this should
not be a problem. Even without oil but with
discipline we will have raised the money to
implement this plan,” he said.
will be an upper middle income country by 2032. We
have finally harmonized with the National Planning
Authority (NPA). Let all the elements of the
political class and the bureaucratic class be
similarly aligned. Uganda is unstoppable,” he
is not the first time that Uganda has come up with a
Vision to fast track its development. In 1999, the
country had Vision 2025 which did not take off.
Mugerwa, the chairman of NPA, a state owned planning
agency, was quoted by the state owned New Vision daily
on Thursday saying that the Vision 2025 did not take
off because there was no legal and institutional
framework on which it was based on.
have NPA as the chief planning agency. Vision 2040
will be implemented because it is anchored on a
legal and institutional framework backed by
political willingness to respond to the wishes of
Ugandans,” he said.
2040 was drafted in consultation of visions of other
countries including Kenya, Rwanda, Malaysia, Botswana,
Qatar and India.
2010 baseline data from Uganda Bureau of Statistics
indicated that Uganda’s per capita income stood at
506 dollars and the Gross Domestic Product at 17
Vision 2040 seeks to reduce by nearly five-fold the
population of Ugandans wallowing in abject poverty
from 24.5 percent to 5 percent. Vision 2040, if
realized, will ensure the country’s per capita
income and GDP to rise to 9,500 dollars and 580
billion dollars respectively.
achieve this, the country’s economy has to grow at a
rate of 8.2 percent from the average 7 percent,
according to ministry of finance figures.
Vision 2040 will be implemented through six five-year
National Development Plans (NDP) developed by the NPA.
NPA will ensure that all subsequent NDPs, be it at
sector or national level are aligned to the national
2040 will be financed through national budgets, the
private sector, development partners, borrowing from
domestic and external markets.
vision of achieving faster social economic
transformation is based on the premise that the
country has a number of opportunities that are to date
considerably under- exploited.
opportunities that have not yet been exploited include
the commercially viable oil and gas deposits
discovered in the western part of the country.
to President Museveni, the oil revenues will be used
to among others develop the transport and energy
infrastructure, a key ingredient in fast tracking the
country’s economic growth.
mineral development, knowledge and information
communication telecommunication sector, abundant labor
force, agriculture, industrialization among others are
the opportunities that the country expects to explore
to fast track its economic development
strategies for harnessing these opportunities include
expediting the formation of critical skills and
development of the transport and energy
infrastructure, encouraging innovation in science,
technology and engineering, maintaining peace,
security and defense, good governance among others.
Ssendawula, Chairperson of Private Sector Foundation
of Uganda, who spoke on behalf of the private sector,
said that as Uganda achieved political independence in
1962, it has never achieved economic independence.
said that if the Vision 2040 is achieved, Uganda
would be an independent, integrated and self
general direction of the 2040 Vision is that Uganda
should be able to generate sufficient income for the
people, improve their quality of life, their
livelihood and support them to move towards self
actualization,” he said.
Ugandan should be able to achieve a life that they
are worthy. As private sector we are making a
statement to support the contents of the Vision
2040.” he said.
partners in a joint statement applauded Uganda for
coming up with the Vision but noted that the country
has to consider fighting corruption which may hamper
the implementation of the strategies to achieve the
goals of the Vision.
Sewakiryanga, who spoke on behalf of the civil society
organizations, said that the government should work
together with the citizens to ensure that the goals of
the Vision are achieved.
said the attitude and procrastination that the goals
cannot be achieved must be abandoned and that focus
should be put on the wellbeing of the population.