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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

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Uganda launches 30 year develop-
ment master development plan

The 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 billion

SPECIAL REPORT BY XINHUA CORRESPONDENTS
Ronald Ssekandi, Yuan Qing

KAMPALA (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 integration.

The blue print development plan dubbed Vision 2040 was launched by the country’s President Yoweri Museveni at a ceremony held in the capital Kampala.

The 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.

Museveni told mammoth crowd that Uganda has finally crafted a detailed plan on how to achieve economic development in the country.

“We 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. 

“Uganda 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 said.

This 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.

Kisamba 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.

“We 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.

Vision 2040 was drafted in consultation of visions of other countries including Kenya, Rwanda, Malaysia, Botswana, Qatar and India.

The 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 billion dollars. 

Whilst 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.

To 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.

The Vision 2040 will be implemented through six five-year National Development Plans (NDP) developed by the NPA.

The NPA will ensure that all subsequent NDPs, be it at sector or national level are aligned to the national Vision 2040.

Vision 2040 will be financed through national budgets, the private sector, development partners, borrowing from domestic and external markets.

Uganda’s 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.

The opportunities that have not yet been exploited include the commercially viable oil and gas deposits discovered in the western part of the country.   

According 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.

Tourism, 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

The 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.

Gerald 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.

He said that if the Vision 2040 is achieved, Uganda would be an independent, integrated and self sustaining economy.

“The 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.

“Each 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.

Development 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.  

Richard 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.

He 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.

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I.C.C. selects Uganda to host Under 19
Division One Cricket World Cup qualifiers    

KAMPALA (Xinhua) -- Uganda has been selected to host the under-19 Division One cricket World Cup qualifiers that take place May 25 to June 1 in the capital Kampala.

“Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) is pleased to announce to you that it has been selected by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to host the Under 19 World Cup qualifiers in Uganda,” UCA Chief Executive Officer Justine Ligyalingi told reporters here on Thursday.

The event which will attract hosts Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone will be played at the Lugogo, Kyambogo and Entebbe Cricket Ovals.

“At stake is a trophy for the winner and the top team in the tournament will automatically qualify for the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup next year,” said Ligyalingi.

Uganda has appeared at two ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cups, 2004 in Bangladesh and 2006 in Sri Lanka.

Team Uganda is currently undergoing training under coaches Davis Turinawe and John Trust Mayeku. The Team will be managed by Martin Ondeko who also featured on the side that appeared at the 2004 Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh as a player.

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