President Yoweri Museveni has set a “business unusual” tone for his new cabinet as he laid out plans on Thursday to ensure Uganda gets to Middle-Income Status Country by 2020.
Museveni’s speech at cabinet’s first meeting was titled “strategic objectives and guidelines for the 2016-2021 term” and outlined radical measures that include revival of Uganda airlines, reduction in electricity charges, reducing barriers to investment and improving the army.
“What, then, are the tasks of the new Government? What are my Orders of the Day as the Head of the Government? The following are my guidelines or orders, whatever is more applicable,” Museveni said before outlining the tasks.
I have given ministers clear guidelines on what to do to get Uganda into a middle income country by 2020. pic.twitter.com/9qb20HFqXZ
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) June 23, 2016
Museveni challenged the cabinet focus on 15 key areas:
- Lower electricity costs so as to attract more investors and make our industries more competitive.
- Conclusion of negotiations/start construction of the Standard Gauge Railway
- Setting up of 22 Industrial Parks.
- Ensuring that Uganda Investment Authority grants investment licences in 48hours.
- Zero tolerance to corruption.
- Enforcement of more regulation.
- Development and more investment in agriculture.
- Ensuring that Uganda’s petroleum and gas should be flowing by 2019/2020 latest.
- Investment and Development of the minerals sector to develop more of Uganda’s mineral weath.
- Environmental protection.
- Investment in health and education.
- Protection of bibanja land owners.
- Improvement in the welfare of the armed forces.
- Establishment of a national airline.
- Establishment of Women and Youth Funds.
In order to avoid doubt, our priorities among priorities remain: Defence and Security, electricity generation and distribution, tarmacking all the major roads already identified, Japanese equipment for the feeder roads, the Standard Gauge Railway, NAADS, the Industrial Parks, the Innovation Fund, the Youth Fund and the Women Fund. We should not tamper with these core priorities.