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NPA UNVEILS ROADMAP TO MIDDLE INCOME STATUS

Uganda’s planning body, the National Planning Authority (NPA) has released the road map to the realization of Uganda’s middle income status by 2020 and progress to an upper income category by 2032.

This ambitious vision implies that the country will be targeting to attain a per capita income of about Ug shs 33,000,000 (USD 9,500) in 2040 from the current USD 700.

President Museveni during his inaugural speech in May emphasized this vision as one that his government will prioritize.

Countries categorized as middle income are those whose per capita of gross income starts from USD 1,000 to USD 12,000.While addressing a news conference, Dr. Kisamba Mugerwa the Chairman National Planning Authority noted that the status is achievable given the political will that has been demonstrated by the President in majority of his recent remarks.

DR. KISAMBA MUGERWA-CM-NPA

Mugerwa added that government has made several attempts to address poverty through Operation Wealth Creation among other interventions like the Youth fund and Women fund. According to NPA, poverty levels have reduced from 31 percent in 2009 to the current 19 percent.

However, there are disparities by region ranging from 7.3 percent in Central region to 74 percent in the North East.The Planning Authority also holds that President Museveni’s commitment to deal with individuals in government who delay decision making on investment is a step in the right direction.

DR. KISAMBA MUGERWA-CM-NPA

They however say that certain economic and social impendments that threaten this 2020 ambition need to be addressed. Among them is population increase, quality of services being delivered, increasing exports as well as ensuring that MDAs and Local Governments strategic plans are aligned to the national development plan.

ABEL RWENDEIRE-Deputy CM-NPA. JOSEPH MUVAWALA -ED NPA

Government has been urged to undertake ‘urgent radical changes’ in the land tenure system throught taxation of un-utilized land and investment in farmer cooperatives which will then stimulate agricultural productivity through creation of markets.

Joseph Muvawala -ED NPA

The NPA Chairman also stressed that achieving middle income status isn’t solely the responsibility of government but will require individual will.