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IMF: Uganda must create 600,000 jobs annually to stay on track

Ugandans at a political rally. More jobs are needed to match population growth

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The  International Monetary Fund has hailed  Uganda for achieving the Millennium Development Goal on halving poverty ahead of schedule but warned that the country must create over 600,000 jobs per year to keep up with its growing population.

In its latest report after recent consultations with Uganda’s finance managers, the IMF said “Uganda has made impressive development gains and achieved the Millennium Development Goal on halving poverty ahead of schedule. Going forward, Uganda must create over 600,000 jobs per year to keep up with its growing population, while making further progress on poverty reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The IMF report stated that Uganda is able to achieve 6 to 7% growth over the next five years if investments, especially in the oil sector go as planned.

“The authorities’ development strategy centers on infrastructure and a nascent oil sector. If investments proceed as planned, growth could range between 6 and 7 percent over the next five years (3 to 4 percent in per-capita terms),” the report states.

The IMF team meets Uganda’s finance chiefs in Kampala in February before they made their report.

Risks include next elections

The IMF however warns that the investments Uganda is making would contribute to rising public debt and a widening current account deficit until oil production starts. They also warn of the security situation in the run up to the next elections.

“Risks to the outlook are tilted to the downside, including from weather-related shocks, the regional security situation, shocks from the global economic environment, and the political and security situation in the run-up to the 2021 general elections,” the report, of the  first stand-alone Article IV consultation after an extended period of program engagements with Ugandan officials.

Under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually every year. A staff team visits the country, collects economic and financial information, and discusses with officials the country’s economic developments and policies. On return to headquarters, the staff prepares a report, which forms the basis for discussion by the Executive Board.

FULL REPORT

IMF UGANDA REPORT 2019 by The Independent Magazine on Scribd

 

 

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  1. Kitto Derrick Wintergreen

    I love the IMF. it has a polite way of telling the lion in the Den that its feeding antics might trigger a certain species extinction…

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