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  •  The World Bank has approved 750 million dollars for the Nigeria State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER Programme for Results This is contained in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the World Bank website on Friday in Abuja The statement said the 750 million dollars International Development Association IDA credit will help Nigeria accelerate the implementation of critical actions that will improve the business enabling environment in states Nigeria has made progress in advancing reforms to eliminate constraints in the business environment especially through actions driven by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC However Nigeria s ability to attract domestic and foreign investment remains low compared to its peers Nigeria s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT are capable to catalyse private investment but vary significantly in their efforts and ability to do so it said It said given the importance of state level reforms the government developed a new programme called SABER to accelerate the implementation of critical actions that improve the business enabling environment in Nigeria s states The statement said the government s SABER programme builds on the successes of PEBEC It aims to strengthen the existing PEBEC National Economic Council subnational interventions by adding incentives These incentives are results based financing to the states and the delivery of wholesale technical assistance available to all states to support gaps in reform implementation It said the Programme for Results supports the most critical state level business enabling reforms of the government s SABER programme The statement said the programme is open to all states in Nigeria and FCT given their ability to take concrete steps towards addressing major business enabling environment challenges around land administration Also around regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure public private partnerships PPP and investment promotion frameworks and services and business enabling regulatory environment It said the programme was in line with Nigeria s National Development Plan NDP which sets an ambitious strategy to pursue sustained private sector led economic growth The NDP is aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 The statement said SABER would support states to improve the efficiency of land administration and the regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure SABER will also support states to improve the services provided by investment promotion agencies and PPP units and the efficiency and transparency of government to business services The statement quoted Shubham Chaudhuri World Bank Country Director for Nigeria as saying Private sector investments remain the major vehicle to create more jobs increase revenues to the states and improve social and economic outcomes for citizens The statement quoted Bertine Kamphuis Task Team Leader for SABER as saying overall the SABER program looks to consolidate and deepen business enabling environment reforms across more states The use of the Program for Results model which ensures disbursement of funds after achieving results helps the government in strengthening its programme by incentivising institutional performance at the state level through results based financing Kamphuis said states would be responsible for achieving the programme results and thus will be leading the implementation of the programme NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Bank approves 0m to boost Nigeria’s business environment
     The World Bank has approved 750 million dollars for the Nigeria State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER Programme for Results This is contained in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the World Bank website on Friday in Abuja The statement said the 750 million dollars International Development Association IDA credit will help Nigeria accelerate the implementation of critical actions that will improve the business enabling environment in states Nigeria has made progress in advancing reforms to eliminate constraints in the business environment especially through actions driven by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC However Nigeria s ability to attract domestic and foreign investment remains low compared to its peers Nigeria s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT are capable to catalyse private investment but vary significantly in their efforts and ability to do so it said It said given the importance of state level reforms the government developed a new programme called SABER to accelerate the implementation of critical actions that improve the business enabling environment in Nigeria s states The statement said the government s SABER programme builds on the successes of PEBEC It aims to strengthen the existing PEBEC National Economic Council subnational interventions by adding incentives These incentives are results based financing to the states and the delivery of wholesale technical assistance available to all states to support gaps in reform implementation It said the Programme for Results supports the most critical state level business enabling reforms of the government s SABER programme The statement said the programme is open to all states in Nigeria and FCT given their ability to take concrete steps towards addressing major business enabling environment challenges around land administration Also around regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure public private partnerships PPP and investment promotion frameworks and services and business enabling regulatory environment It said the programme was in line with Nigeria s National Development Plan NDP which sets an ambitious strategy to pursue sustained private sector led economic growth The NDP is aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 The statement said SABER would support states to improve the efficiency of land administration and the regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure SABER will also support states to improve the services provided by investment promotion agencies and PPP units and the efficiency and transparency of government to business services The statement quoted Shubham Chaudhuri World Bank Country Director for Nigeria as saying Private sector investments remain the major vehicle to create more jobs increase revenues to the states and improve social and economic outcomes for citizens The statement quoted Bertine Kamphuis Task Team Leader for SABER as saying overall the SABER program looks to consolidate and deepen business enabling environment reforms across more states The use of the Program for Results model which ensures disbursement of funds after achieving results helps the government in strengthening its programme by incentivising institutional performance at the state level through results based financing Kamphuis said states would be responsible for achieving the programme results and thus will be leading the implementation of the programme NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Bank approves 0m to boost Nigeria’s business environment
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    World Bank approves $750m to boost Nigeria’s business environment

    The World Bank has approved 750 million dollars for the Nigeria State Action on Business Enabling Reforms (SABER) Programme-for-Results.

    This is contained in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the World Bank website on Friday in Abuja.

    The statement said the 750 million dollars International Development Association (IDA) credit, will help Nigeria accelerate the implementation of critical actions that will improve the business-enabling environment in states.

    “Nigeria has made progress in advancing reforms to eliminate constraints in the business environment, especially through actions driven by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).

    “However, Nigeria’s ability to attract domestic and foreign investment remains low compared to its peers.

    “Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are capable to catalyse private investment but vary significantly in their efforts and ability to do so,”it said.

    It said given the importance of state-level reforms, the government developed a new programme called SABER, to accelerate the implementation of critical actions that improve the business-enabling environment in Nigeria’s states.

    The statement said the government’s SABER programme builds on the successes of PEBEC.

    “It aims to strengthen the existing PEBEC-National Economic Council subnational interventions by adding incentives.

    “These incentives are results-based financing to the states, and the delivery of wholesale technical assistance available to all states, to support gaps in reform implementation.

    ” It said the Programme-for-Results supports the most critical state-level business enabling reforms of the government’s SABER programme.

    The  statement said, the programme is open to all states in Nigeria and FCT, given their ability to take concrete steps towards addressing major business-enabling environment challenges around land administration.

    “Also around regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure, public-private partnerships (PPP) and investment promotion frameworks and services, and business enabling regulatory environment.

    ” It said the programme was in line with Nigeria’s National Development Plan (NDP) which sets an ambitious strategy to pursue sustained private sector-led economic growth.

    “The NDP is aimed at generating 21 million full-time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025. ” The statement said SABER would support states to improve the efficiency of land administration and the regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure.

    “SABER will also support states to improve the services provided by investment promotion agencies and PPP units, and the efficiency and transparency of government-to-business services.

    ” The statement quoted Shubham Chaudhuri, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, as saying: “Private sector investments remain the major vehicle to create more jobs, increase revenues to the states and improve social and economic outcomes for citizens.

    ” The statement quoted Bertine Kamphuis, Task Team Leader for SABER, as saying “overall, the SABER program looks to consolidate and deepen business enabling environment reforms across more states.

    “The use of the Program-for-Results model, which ensures disbursement of funds after achieving results, helps the government in strengthening its programme by incentivising institutional performance at the state level, through results-based financing.

    Kamphuis said states would be responsible for achieving the programme results and thus will be leading the implementation of the programme.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Gauteng Provincial Government has officially introduced John Orr Technical as a specialist school The John Orr School of Engineering will focus on renewable energy and alternative energy sources Speaking at the opening in Milpark Johannesburg on Thursday Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the provincial government is changing the educational landscape and investing in critical skills needed in the country We are here to change the education system in our province If we cannot prepare our students for the skills that are needed in this economy we would have betrayed them Gone are the days when our education system was considered inferior because we are providing access to quality education through Specialization Schools said Lesufi Lesufi was introduced to Voltage a fully functioning solar car equipped with a sound system built by students The school is in association with Sasol What impresses me with John Orr is that your creativity was beyond my imagination Your commitment reminded me of Banyana Banyana at the Women s African Cup of Nations We re all here for one thing to defeat unemployment and poverty We re here to plan for the future We want everything that s going to happen at this school to be results oriented They re going to make us proud the MEC told the students Trainee Katlego Lou said his car could be a solution to South Africa s electricity challenges high fuel prices and unemployment We have managed to create a car that will be the best solution for us as South Africans The best part about this solar powered car is that it is maintenance free and does not pollute or emit harmful pollutants he said Sasol s Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations Charlotte Mokoena said the company s goal was to support the National Development Plan NDP to target and produce 20 000 artisans by 2030 Sasol and the Gauteng Department of Education share a clear vision of the future we want to create for our children and we are committed to creating an enabling environment for them to reach their full potential We promise society wherever we operate including in our home country of South Africa to be a catalyst for positive change The world is changing and we must keep up with the change Mokoena added
    Gauteng Government introduces John Orr Technical as specialization school
      The Gauteng Provincial Government has officially introduced John Orr Technical as a specialist school The John Orr School of Engineering will focus on renewable energy and alternative energy sources Speaking at the opening in Milpark Johannesburg on Thursday Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the provincial government is changing the educational landscape and investing in critical skills needed in the country We are here to change the education system in our province If we cannot prepare our students for the skills that are needed in this economy we would have betrayed them Gone are the days when our education system was considered inferior because we are providing access to quality education through Specialization Schools said Lesufi Lesufi was introduced to Voltage a fully functioning solar car equipped with a sound system built by students The school is in association with Sasol What impresses me with John Orr is that your creativity was beyond my imagination Your commitment reminded me of Banyana Banyana at the Women s African Cup of Nations We re all here for one thing to defeat unemployment and poverty We re here to plan for the future We want everything that s going to happen at this school to be results oriented They re going to make us proud the MEC told the students Trainee Katlego Lou said his car could be a solution to South Africa s electricity challenges high fuel prices and unemployment We have managed to create a car that will be the best solution for us as South Africans The best part about this solar powered car is that it is maintenance free and does not pollute or emit harmful pollutants he said Sasol s Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations Charlotte Mokoena said the company s goal was to support the National Development Plan NDP to target and produce 20 000 artisans by 2030 Sasol and the Gauteng Department of Education share a clear vision of the future we want to create for our children and we are committed to creating an enabling environment for them to reach their full potential We promise society wherever we operate including in our home country of South Africa to be a catalyst for positive change The world is changing and we must keep up with the change Mokoena added
    Gauteng Government introduces John Orr Technical as specialization school
    Africa1 month ago

    Gauteng Government introduces John Orr Technical as specialization school

    The Gauteng Provincial Government has officially introduced John Orr Technical as a specialist school.

    The John Orr School of Engineering will focus on renewable energy and alternative energy sources.

    Speaking at the opening in Milpark, Johannesburg on Thursday, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the provincial government is changing the educational landscape and investing in critical skills needed in the country.

    "We are here to change the education system in our province.

    If we cannot prepare our students for the skills that are needed in this economy, we would have betrayed them.

    Gone are the days when our education system was considered inferior because we are providing access to quality education through Specialization Schools," said Lesufi.

    Lesufi was introduced to 'Voltage', a fully functioning solar car equipped with a sound system, built by students.

    The school is in association with Sasol.

    "What impresses me with John Orr is that your creativity was beyond my imagination.

    Your commitment reminded me of Banyana Banyana [ at the Women's African Cup of Nations].

    "We're all here for one thing...

    to defeat unemployment and poverty.

    We're here to plan for the future.

    We want everything that's going to happen at this school to be results-oriented.

    They're going to make us proud."

    ”, the MEC told the students.

    Trainee Katlego Lou said his car could be a solution to South Africa's electricity challenges, high fuel prices and unemployment.

    "We have managed to create a car that will be the best solution for us as South Africans.

    The best part about this solar powered car is that it is maintenance free and does not pollute or emit harmful pollutants," he said.

    Sasol's Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations, Charlotte Mokoena, said the company's goal was to support the National Development Plan (NDP), to target and produce 20,000 artisans by 2030.

    "Sasol and the Gauteng Department of Education share a clear vision of the future we want to create for our children, and we are committed to creating an enabling environment for them to reach their full potential."

    We promise society wherever we operate, including in our home country of South Africa, to be a catalyst for positive change.

    The world is changing and we must keep up with the change," Mokoena added.

  •  The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC has lauded the National Economic Council NEC for endorsing the 750million dollars World Bank backed State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER programme This was made known in a statement by Dr Jumoke Oduwole Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary PEBEC in Abuja According to her the 750million dollars financing amounts to 36 per cent of the two billion dollars Government SABER programme 2022 2025 which represents the aggregate recurrent expenditure of key ministries departments and agencies MDAs at federal and state level across the country The SABER programme is a three year performance based intervention jointly designed by the World Bank Technical team and the PEBEC Secretariat with support from the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning FMFBNP Home Finance Department and the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Secretariat It further gives expression to the Ease of Doing Business EoDB mandate articulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP The programme was subsequently retained in the National Development Plan NDP aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 Oduwole said The PEBEC secretary further explained that the programme was designed to deliver concrete results across four reform areas with eight Disbursement Link Indicators These Oduwole said covered improving land administration and land investment process improving business enabling infrastructure increasing sustainable large scale investments and enabling firm operations All participating states and the FCT could potentially receive a maximum of 52 5 million dollars during the three year period In addition to the already existing PEBEC NEC subnational intervention the SABER programme seeks to provide additional incentives such as using results based financing targeted at improving the business environment and facilitating crowding in of private sector investments at scale The eligibility criteria for the programme include developing an annual action plan with private sector collaborators to be approved by the State Executive Council and published online Recommendations from the 2nd Subnational EoDB Report due to be released in October 2022 are also expected to be considered The PEBEC had earlier presented the SABER programme at an expanded PEBEC meeting held on August 16 2022 chaired by the Vice President with the chairpersons of the EoDB Councils from various states across the country in attendance She said Oduwole added that the council had been collaborating with the World Bank since November 2019 to develop the SABER programme She explained that the SABER programme consists of two main areas 730 million dollars Programme for Results PforR and 20 million dollars Technical Assistance The News Agency of Nigeria teports that it was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PEBEC lauds NEC’s endorsement of 0m World Bank supported programme
     The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC has lauded the National Economic Council NEC for endorsing the 750million dollars World Bank backed State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER programme This was made known in a statement by Dr Jumoke Oduwole Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary PEBEC in Abuja According to her the 750million dollars financing amounts to 36 per cent of the two billion dollars Government SABER programme 2022 2025 which represents the aggregate recurrent expenditure of key ministries departments and agencies MDAs at federal and state level across the country The SABER programme is a three year performance based intervention jointly designed by the World Bank Technical team and the PEBEC Secretariat with support from the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning FMFBNP Home Finance Department and the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Secretariat It further gives expression to the Ease of Doing Business EoDB mandate articulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP The programme was subsequently retained in the National Development Plan NDP aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 Oduwole said The PEBEC secretary further explained that the programme was designed to deliver concrete results across four reform areas with eight Disbursement Link Indicators These Oduwole said covered improving land administration and land investment process improving business enabling infrastructure increasing sustainable large scale investments and enabling firm operations All participating states and the FCT could potentially receive a maximum of 52 5 million dollars during the three year period In addition to the already existing PEBEC NEC subnational intervention the SABER programme seeks to provide additional incentives such as using results based financing targeted at improving the business environment and facilitating crowding in of private sector investments at scale The eligibility criteria for the programme include developing an annual action plan with private sector collaborators to be approved by the State Executive Council and published online Recommendations from the 2nd Subnational EoDB Report due to be released in October 2022 are also expected to be considered The PEBEC had earlier presented the SABER programme at an expanded PEBEC meeting held on August 16 2022 chaired by the Vice President with the chairpersons of the EoDB Councils from various states across the country in attendance She said Oduwole added that the council had been collaborating with the World Bank since November 2019 to develop the SABER programme She explained that the SABER programme consists of two main areas 730 million dollars Programme for Results PforR and 20 million dollars Technical Assistance The News Agency of Nigeria teports that it was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PEBEC lauds NEC’s endorsement of 0m World Bank supported programme
    General news2 months ago

    PEBEC lauds NEC’s endorsement of $750m World Bank supported programme

    The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has lauded the National Economic Council (NEC) for endorsing the 750million dollars World Bank-backed State Action on Business Enabling Reforms (SABER) programme.

    This was made known in a statement by Dr Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary PEBEC, in Abuja.

    According to her, the 750million dollars financing amounts to 36 per cent of the two billion dollars Government SABER programme (2022 – 2025), which represents the aggregate recurrent expenditure of key ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) at federal and state level across the country.

    “The SABER programme is a three-year performance-based intervention jointly designed by the World Bank Technical team and the PEBEC Secretariat with support from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP).

    “Home Finance Department and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Secretariat.

    It further gives expression to the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) mandate articulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

    ” The programme was subsequently retained in the National Development Plan (NDP), aimed at generating 21 million full-time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025,” Oduwole said.

    The PEBEC secretary further explained that the programme was designed to deliver concrete results across four reform areas with eight Disbursement Link Indicators.

    These, Oduwole said, covered improving land administration and land investment process; improving business enabling infrastructure; increasing sustainable large-scale investments; and enabling firm operations.

    “All participating states and the FCT could potentially receive a maximum of 52.5 million dollars during the three-year period.

    “In addition to the already-existing PEBEC-NEC subnational intervention, the SABER programme seeks to provide additional incentives, such as using results-based financing targeted at improving the business environment and facilitating crowding in of private sector investments at scale.

    “The eligibility criteria for the programme include developing an annual action plan with private sector collaborators to be approved by the State Executive Council and published online.

    “Recommendations from the 2nd Subnational EoDB Report, due to be released in October 2022, are also expected to be considered.

    “The PEBEC had earlier presented the SABER programme at an expanded PEBEC meeting held on August 16, 2022, chaired by the Vice President with the chairpersons of the EoDB Councils from various states across the country in attendance.

    ” She said Oduwole added that the council had been collaborating with the World Bank since November 2019 to develop the SABER programme.

    She explained that the SABER programme consists of two main areas: 730 million dollars Programme-for-Results (PforR) and 20 million  dollars Technical Assistance.

    The News Agency of Nigeria teports that it was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Minister of the Presidency for Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana Mashabane officially opened Women s Month 2022 under the slogan Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women building back better for the resilience of women women The National Women s Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government During her address to 1 000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year s theme is to advance the agenda for the socio economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030 The issue is in line with South Africa s constitutional vision and the government s political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan NDP and the Medium Term Strategic Framework MTSF 2019 2024 the minister said Nkoana Mashabane The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio economic empowerment and advancement of women girls and women with disabilities in South Africa At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing owning and controlling income generating assets within the economy We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met The recent floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change Now more than ever the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way We must explore the economic social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy women continue to be on the periphery of the country s development agenda The COVID 19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty rising food and fuel prices climate change unemployment and high rates of gender based violence and femicide GBVF We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve Not long ago young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal In the words of the stalwart of the struggle Mme Ida Mntwana Let us go out as a united force let us take our place in the fight for freedom If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women Let us unite let us move forward with courage and determination
    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal
      The Minister of the Presidency for Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana Mashabane officially opened Women s Month 2022 under the slogan Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women building back better for the resilience of women women The National Women s Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government During her address to 1 000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year s theme is to advance the agenda for the socio economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030 The issue is in line with South Africa s constitutional vision and the government s political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan NDP and the Medium Term Strategic Framework MTSF 2019 2024 the minister said Nkoana Mashabane The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio economic empowerment and advancement of women girls and women with disabilities in South Africa At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing owning and controlling income generating assets within the economy We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met The recent floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change Now more than ever the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way We must explore the economic social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy women continue to be on the periphery of the country s development agenda The COVID 19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty rising food and fuel prices climate change unemployment and high rates of gender based violence and femicide GBVF We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve Not long ago young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal In the words of the stalwart of the struggle Mme Ida Mntwana Let us go out as a united force let us take our place in the fight for freedom If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women Let us unite let us move forward with courage and determination
    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal
    Africa2 months ago

    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal

    The Minister of the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, officially opened Women's Month 2022 under the slogan: "Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women: building back better for the resilience of women!" women!" The National Women's Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government, civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government.

    During her address to 1,000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop, the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year's theme is to advance the agenda for the socio-economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030.

    "The issue is in line with South Africa's constitutional vision and the government's political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2019-2024," the minister said.

    Nkoana-Mashabane.

    The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio-economic empowerment and advancement of women, girls and women with disabilities in South Africa.

    “At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women, youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing, owning and controlling income-generating assets within the economy.” "We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met."

    "The recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change."

    “Now, more than ever, the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way.

    We must explore the economic, social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality.” The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy, women continue to be on the periphery of the country's development agenda.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities, leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty, rising food and fuel prices, climate change, unemployment, and high rates of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF)”.

    "We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve."

    “Not long ago, young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video.

    Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable.” “We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon.

    We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal.” In the words of the stalwart of the struggle, Mme Ida Mntwana: “Let us go out as a united force, let us take our place in the fight for freedom.

    If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel, the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women.

    Let us unite, let us move forward with courage and determination.”

  •  The Federal Government has signed a cooperation agreement with Qatar Charity Organisation to build a social housing complex for orphans and the less privileged in the Federal Capital Territory FCT The agreement was signed by the Minister of State Budget and National planning Prince Clem Agba on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja on Wednesday Agba said that the intervention by the Qatar Charity Organisation was in the social housing complex for orphans and the less privileged members of the community located at Wassa FCT Abuja Qatar Charity Organisation built a housing complex for the less privileged persons who are victims of insurgencies in Sokoto State The organisation also drilled 900 units of boreholes across the North East North West and South West of the country Agba said He said that the interventions were in tandem with National Development Plan NDP 2021 to 2025 which was developed to succeed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP 2017 to 2020 The minister said it would promote economic and socio cultural development of the citizens in the areas of education economic empowerment employment shelter for orphans water and sanitation Agba said that the agreement signed was sequel to the permit issued to the organisation by the ministry to operate as an International Non Governmental Organisation INGO He said that they were to carry out humanitarian technical and other development activities under the supervision of the Embassy of Qatar in Nigeria I wish to commend the organisation for the laudable interventions and implore them to extend their kind gesture to other states and communities that have not benefited from their programmes and projects I also wish to extend the appreciation of the Federal Government to Qatar for the step being taken to advance the bilateral ties between our two countries through economic growth and development Agba said The Chairman and CEO of Qatar Charity Organisation Yousif Al kawari commended the Federal Government for the constant support which they had received from it so far NAN
    FG, Qatar charity organisation sign cooperation agreement on social housing
     The Federal Government has signed a cooperation agreement with Qatar Charity Organisation to build a social housing complex for orphans and the less privileged in the Federal Capital Territory FCT The agreement was signed by the Minister of State Budget and National planning Prince Clem Agba on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja on Wednesday Agba said that the intervention by the Qatar Charity Organisation was in the social housing complex for orphans and the less privileged members of the community located at Wassa FCT Abuja Qatar Charity Organisation built a housing complex for the less privileged persons who are victims of insurgencies in Sokoto State The organisation also drilled 900 units of boreholes across the North East North West and South West of the country Agba said He said that the interventions were in tandem with National Development Plan NDP 2021 to 2025 which was developed to succeed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP 2017 to 2020 The minister said it would promote economic and socio cultural development of the citizens in the areas of education economic empowerment employment shelter for orphans water and sanitation Agba said that the agreement signed was sequel to the permit issued to the organisation by the ministry to operate as an International Non Governmental Organisation INGO He said that they were to carry out humanitarian technical and other development activities under the supervision of the Embassy of Qatar in Nigeria I wish to commend the organisation for the laudable interventions and implore them to extend their kind gesture to other states and communities that have not benefited from their programmes and projects I also wish to extend the appreciation of the Federal Government to Qatar for the step being taken to advance the bilateral ties between our two countries through economic growth and development Agba said The Chairman and CEO of Qatar Charity Organisation Yousif Al kawari commended the Federal Government for the constant support which they had received from it so far NAN
    FG, Qatar charity organisation sign cooperation agreement on social housing
    Economy4 months ago

    FG, Qatar charity organisation sign cooperation agreement on social housing

    The Federal Government has signed a cooperation agreement with Qatar Charity Organisation to build a social housing complex for orphans  and the less privileged in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The agreement was signed by the Minister of State, Budget and National planning, Prince Clem Agba, on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja on Wednesday.

    Agba said that the intervention by the Qatar Charity Organisation was in the social housing complex for orphans and the less privileged members of the community, located at Wassa FCT, Abuja.

    “Qatar Charity Organisation built a housing complex for the less privileged  persons, who are victims of insurgencies in Sokoto State,

    “The organisation also drilled 900 units of boreholes across the North East, North West and South West of the country,” Agba said.

    He said that the interventions were in tandem with National Development Plan (NDP) 2021 to 2025, which was developed to succeed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 to 2020.

    The minister said it would promote economic and socio-cultural development of the citizens in the areas of education, economic empowerment, employment, shelter for orphans, water and sanitation.

    Agba said that the agreement signed was sequel to the permit issued to the organisation by the ministry to operate as an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO).

    He said that they were to carry out humanitarian, technical and other development activities under the supervision of the Embassy of Qatar in Nigeria.

    “I wish to commend the organisation for the laudable interventions and implore them to extend their kind gesture to other states and communities that have not benefited from their programmes and projects.

    “ I also wish to extend the appreciation of the Federal Government to Qatar for the step being taken to advance the bilateral ties between our two countries through economic growth and development ,” Agba said.

    The Chairman and CEO of Qatar Charity Organisation, Yousif Al-kawari, commended the Federal Government for the constant support which they had received from it so far.


    (NAN)

  •  The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC has reiterated the need for viable and bankable projects that will be delivered through PPP especially in the critical sectors The Acting Director General ICRC Mr Micheal Ohiani said this at the Public Private Partnership Units Consultative Forum 3PCUF for Quarter 2 2022 held in Abuja on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was sponsored by the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Ohiani said the government had given the ICRC and Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs the task to deliver more than 80 per cent of all infrastructure projects through the Public Private Partnership PPP He said the task was in line with the 2021 2025 Mid Term Expenditure Framework of the National Development Plan NDP Although we all have committed to this it is now more pertinent to identify and push forward the projects which will offer better value for money to the economy and the citizens through PPP Ohiani said the ICRC had continued to record successes in the issuance of Outline Business Case OBC and Full Business Case FBC Compliance Certificates on some important projects The acting director general said that the commission had issued a total number of 127 OBC and 50 FBC Compliance Certificates for some projects He said some of these projects include the issuance of FBC compliance certificate to the Federal Ministry of Transportation through the Nigerian Railway Corporation This according to him is to Secure Ticketing Solution for the Lagos Ibadan Standard Train service and the Warri Itakpe Standard Train service The NNPC through the NNPC Medical Services Limited NMSL has commenced PPP projects to develop five multi specialist hospitals in five locations which include Maiduguri Port Harcourt Lagos Kaduna and Abuja It also proposes to establish an Intravenous Fluid Plant in Kano through PPP methodology The Federal Ministry of Health through the Port Health Department has received an OBC compliance certificate for the decontamination and fumigation project for vessels arriving at all seaports in Nigeria The Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment FMITI is going digital with an OBC compliance certificate for the Digital Industry Trade and Investment Platform Ohiani said that the Federal Capital Territory FCT had received an OBC compliance certificate for a project to maximise revenue from water bills in the Territory through the introduction of state of the art water meters He said the Nigeria Police Force NPF had received OBC compliance certificates to redevelop dilapidated property and barracks across the country This Ohiani said includes propertys in Ikeja Falomo and Ijeh in Lagos as well as Guzape in Abuja The acting director general said that an OBC compliance certificate was issued to the NPF to revive its almost comatose airwing facilities to deliver better services through PPP Ohiani said the Federal Ministry of Ibadan had received an OBC compliance certificate to renovate and upgrade the School of Nursing students hostel in the hospital There are currently 77 PPP projects at implementation post contract stage and 194 projects at development and procurement pre contract stages He said the commission was also in the process of publishing the 2022 Pipeline of Eligible PPP Projects in line with the ICRC Act The Managing Director NPA Mr Mohammed Bello Koko in his remarks said the 3PUCF encouraged the showcasing of Nigeria s PPPs Bello Koko represented by the NPA General Manager on PPP Mrs Ugo Madubike said the forum was an avenue for MDAs to share experiences rub minds on their achievements and challenges relating to PPP procurements in Nigeria He said the global infrastructure gap had caused the government to turn to alternative infrastructure investment strategies including PPPs as a way to boost productivity Bello Koko said in doing so the government could leverage risk transfer to the private sector to address infrastructure deficits caused by expanding economies and population growth He said the NPA had recorded improvements in operational efficiency and customer satisfaction with no fewer than 26 PPP concessions and other joint venture arrangements The impact of PPP can be seen in the following areas more efficient port services upsurge in cargo throughput reduction in cargo dwell time in the ports and improved vessel turn around time Other impacts are improved infrastructure through rehabilitation updating and brownfield development response time to dredging and hydrographic survey as well as correct defects to navigational aids has reduced The NPA boss called on the government to make clear demarcations on the roles and functions of MDAs to ensure ease of doing business He said there was the need to heighten the advocacy level in the areas of capacity building discourage political interference and clarify ambiguities in PPP Above all there is the need to encourage synergy between the public and private sectors he said Dr Folashade Yemi Esan Head of the Civil Service of the Federation commended the ICRC for the work they were doing in the area of PPP Yemi Esan represented by Mrs Agalasi Ehigie Director Infrastructure Management OHCSF expressed the hope that Nigeria moved forward in getting the infrastructure the country required We pray that the projects get actualised so the purpose for which these projects are undertaken will be fulfilled so the government will be able to serve the citizens in the way it is supposed to she said NAN reports that the World Bank s PPP Knowledge Lab defines a PPP as a long term contract between a private party and a government entity It is aimed at providing a public asset or service in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility and remuneration is linked to performance NAN
    ICRC reiterates need for viable projects through PPP
     The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission ICRC has reiterated the need for viable and bankable projects that will be delivered through PPP especially in the critical sectors The Acting Director General ICRC Mr Micheal Ohiani said this at the Public Private Partnership Units Consultative Forum 3PCUF for Quarter 2 2022 held in Abuja on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was sponsored by the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Ohiani said the government had given the ICRC and Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs the task to deliver more than 80 per cent of all infrastructure projects through the Public Private Partnership PPP He said the task was in line with the 2021 2025 Mid Term Expenditure Framework of the National Development Plan NDP Although we all have committed to this it is now more pertinent to identify and push forward the projects which will offer better value for money to the economy and the citizens through PPP Ohiani said the ICRC had continued to record successes in the issuance of Outline Business Case OBC and Full Business Case FBC Compliance Certificates on some important projects The acting director general said that the commission had issued a total number of 127 OBC and 50 FBC Compliance Certificates for some projects He said some of these projects include the issuance of FBC compliance certificate to the Federal Ministry of Transportation through the Nigerian Railway Corporation This according to him is to Secure Ticketing Solution for the Lagos Ibadan Standard Train service and the Warri Itakpe Standard Train service The NNPC through the NNPC Medical Services Limited NMSL has commenced PPP projects to develop five multi specialist hospitals in five locations which include Maiduguri Port Harcourt Lagos Kaduna and Abuja It also proposes to establish an Intravenous Fluid Plant in Kano through PPP methodology The Federal Ministry of Health through the Port Health Department has received an OBC compliance certificate for the decontamination and fumigation project for vessels arriving at all seaports in Nigeria The Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment FMITI is going digital with an OBC compliance certificate for the Digital Industry Trade and Investment Platform Ohiani said that the Federal Capital Territory FCT had received an OBC compliance certificate for a project to maximise revenue from water bills in the Territory through the introduction of state of the art water meters He said the Nigeria Police Force NPF had received OBC compliance certificates to redevelop dilapidated property and barracks across the country This Ohiani said includes propertys in Ikeja Falomo and Ijeh in Lagos as well as Guzape in Abuja The acting director general said that an OBC compliance certificate was issued to the NPF to revive its almost comatose airwing facilities to deliver better services through PPP Ohiani said the Federal Ministry of Ibadan had received an OBC compliance certificate to renovate and upgrade the School of Nursing students hostel in the hospital There are currently 77 PPP projects at implementation post contract stage and 194 projects at development and procurement pre contract stages He said the commission was also in the process of publishing the 2022 Pipeline of Eligible PPP Projects in line with the ICRC Act The Managing Director NPA Mr Mohammed Bello Koko in his remarks said the 3PUCF encouraged the showcasing of Nigeria s PPPs Bello Koko represented by the NPA General Manager on PPP Mrs Ugo Madubike said the forum was an avenue for MDAs to share experiences rub minds on their achievements and challenges relating to PPP procurements in Nigeria He said the global infrastructure gap had caused the government to turn to alternative infrastructure investment strategies including PPPs as a way to boost productivity Bello Koko said in doing so the government could leverage risk transfer to the private sector to address infrastructure deficits caused by expanding economies and population growth He said the NPA had recorded improvements in operational efficiency and customer satisfaction with no fewer than 26 PPP concessions and other joint venture arrangements The impact of PPP can be seen in the following areas more efficient port services upsurge in cargo throughput reduction in cargo dwell time in the ports and improved vessel turn around time Other impacts are improved infrastructure through rehabilitation updating and brownfield development response time to dredging and hydrographic survey as well as correct defects to navigational aids has reduced The NPA boss called on the government to make clear demarcations on the roles and functions of MDAs to ensure ease of doing business He said there was the need to heighten the advocacy level in the areas of capacity building discourage political interference and clarify ambiguities in PPP Above all there is the need to encourage synergy between the public and private sectors he said Dr Folashade Yemi Esan Head of the Civil Service of the Federation commended the ICRC for the work they were doing in the area of PPP Yemi Esan represented by Mrs Agalasi Ehigie Director Infrastructure Management OHCSF expressed the hope that Nigeria moved forward in getting the infrastructure the country required We pray that the projects get actualised so the purpose for which these projects are undertaken will be fulfilled so the government will be able to serve the citizens in the way it is supposed to she said NAN reports that the World Bank s PPP Knowledge Lab defines a PPP as a long term contract between a private party and a government entity It is aimed at providing a public asset or service in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility and remuneration is linked to performance NAN
    ICRC reiterates need for viable projects through PPP
    Economy4 months ago

    ICRC reiterates need for viable projects through PPP

    The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), has reiterated the need for viable and bankable projects that will be delivered through PPP, especially in the critical sectors.

    The Acting Director-General, ICRC, Mr Micheal Ohiani, said this at the Public Private Partnership Units Consultative Forum (3PCUF) for Quarter 2, 2022, held in Abuja on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was sponsored by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

    Ohiani said the government had given the ICRC and Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) the task to deliver more than 80 per cent of all infrastructure projects through the Public Private Partnership (PPP).

    He said the task was in line with the 2021-2025 Mid Term Expenditure Framework of the National Development Plan (NDP).

    “Although, we all have committed to this, it is now more pertinent to identify and push forward the projects which will offer better value for money to the economy and the citizens through PPP.”

    Ohiani said the ICRC had continued to record successes in the issuance of Outline Business Case (OBC) and Full Business Case (FBC) Compliance Certificates on some important projects.

    The acting director-general said that the commission had issued a total number of 127 OBC and 50 FBC Compliance Certificates for some projects.

    He said some of these projects include the issuance of FBC compliance certificate to the Federal Ministry of Transportation through the Nigerian Railway Corporation.

    This according to him, is to Secure Ticketing Solution for the Lagos -Ibadan Standard Train service and the Warri-Itakpe Standard Train service.

    “The NNPC through the NNPC Medical Services Limited (NMSL) has commenced PPP projects to develop five multi-specialist hospitals in five locations which include, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kaduna and Abuja.

    “It also proposes to establish an Intravenous Fluid Plant in Kano through PPP methodology. ”

    “The Federal Ministry of Health through the Port Health Department has received an OBC compliance certificate for the decontamination and fumigation project for vessels arriving at all seaports in Nigeria.

    “The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) is going digital with an OBC compliance certificate for the Digital Industry Trade and Investment Platform.”

    Ohiani said that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had received an OBC compliance certificate for a project to maximise revenue from water bills in the Territory through the introduction of state-of-the-art water meters.

    He said the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) had received OBC compliance certificates to redevelop dilapidated property and barracks across the country.

    This Ohiani said includes propertys in Ikeja, Falomo and Ijeh in Lagos, as well as Guzape in Abuja.

    The acting director-general said that an OBC compliance certificate was issued to the NPF to revive its almost comatose airwing facilities to deliver better services through PPP.

    Ohiani said the Federal Ministry of Ibadan had received an OBC compliance certificate to renovate and upgrade the School of Nursing students’ hostel in the hospital.

    “There are currently 77 PPP projects at implementation (post-contract) stage and 194 projects at development and procurement (pre-contract) stages. ”

    He said the commission was also in the process of publishing the 2022 Pipeline of Eligible PPP Projects in line with the ICRC Act.

    The Managing Director, NPA, Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko in his remarks, said the 3PUCF encouraged the showcasing of Nigeria’s PPPs.

    Bello-Koko, represented by the NPA General Manager on PPP, Mrs Ugo Madubike, said the forum was an avenue for MDAs to share experiences, rub minds on their achievements, and challenges relating to PPP procurements in Nigeria.

    He said the global infrastructure gap had caused the government to turn to alternative infrastructure investment strategies, including PPPs, as a way to boost productivity.

    Bello-Koko said in doing so, the government could leverage risk transfer to the private sector to address infrastructure deficits caused by expanding economies and population growth.

    He said the NPA had recorded improvements in operational efficiency and customer satisfaction with no fewer than 26 PPP concessions and other joint venture arrangements.

    “The impact of PPP can be seen in the following areas, more efficient port services, upsurge in cargo throughput, reduction in cargo dwell time in the ports, and improved vessel turn-around time.”

    ” Other impacts are improved infrastructure through rehabilitation, updating and brownfield development; response time to dredging and hydrographic survey, as well as correct defects to navigational aids, has reduced.”

    The NPA boss called on the government to make clear demarcations on the roles and functions of MDAs to ensure ease of doing business.

    He said there was the need to heighten the advocacy level in the areas of capacity building, discourage political interference, and clarify ambiguities in PPP.

    “Above all, there is the need to encourage synergy between the public and private sectors,” he said.

    Dr Folashade Yemi- Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, commended the ICRC for the work they were doing in the area of PPP.

    Yemi-Esan, represented by Mrs Agalasi Ehigie, Director, Infrastructure Management, OHCSF, expressed the hope that Nigeria moved forward in getting the infrastructure the country required.

    ” We pray that the projects get actualised, so the purpose for which these projects are undertaken will be fulfilled, so the government will be able to serve the citizens in the way it is supposed to,” she said

    NAN reports that the World Bank’s PPP Knowledge Lab defines a PPP as “a long-term contract between a private party and a government entity.

    It is aimed at providing a public asset or service, in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility, and remuneration is linked to performance.”

    (NAN)

  •  The African Union Development Agency AUDA NEPAD has commenced stakeholders capacity building to effectively implement the National Programme of Action NPoA to accelerate economic development in the country Princess Gloria Akobundu the Chief Executive Officer of AUDA NEPAD said the programme would guide and mobilise the country s efforts in implementing the needed changes to also improve the state of governance Akobundu said the capacity building was geared toward harmonising and finalising the NPoA framework to address the challenges identified in the Second Country Review Report CRR According to her it is critical to engage the implementers of the NPoA for better information understanding and ownership for effective implementation Akobundu said that the NPoA document would be harmonised in line with the country s National Development Plan NDP Sustainable Development Goals SDGs 2030 and AU Agenda 2063 for smooth implementation in line with global best practices It s worthy of note that the country review is an initiative by the African Union to measure governance promote best practices and encourage peer to peer learning she said Dr Zainab Ahmed the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning said the government was committed to promoting good governance practice enshrined in the ideals and vision of NEPAD which birthed the African Peer Review Mechanism APRM Ahmed represented by Mr Peter Adeosun an official of the ministry said the country was proud of the progress made in the APRM as a self monitoring tool to address governance deficit in Africa We will conform to our shared values in the areas of democracy and political economic and corporate governance and socio economic development she said Sen Abba Ali the Chairman of the APRM Governing Council Nigeria commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Ministry of Finance for ensuring effective implementation of the programmes that entrenched good governance We ask that you continue so that we can get it right for a better Nigeria Ali said The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the APRM was established in 2003 by the AU Heads of State and Government to foster practices that lead to political stability high economic growth sustainable and inclusive development The core mandate of the APRM is a comprehensive NPoA developed to address governance challenges identified in the country NAN also reports that the five day programme attracted stakeholders from across AU member states NAN
    AU begins stakeholders’ engagement to implement action on economic development
     The African Union Development Agency AUDA NEPAD has commenced stakeholders capacity building to effectively implement the National Programme of Action NPoA to accelerate economic development in the country Princess Gloria Akobundu the Chief Executive Officer of AUDA NEPAD said the programme would guide and mobilise the country s efforts in implementing the needed changes to also improve the state of governance Akobundu said the capacity building was geared toward harmonising and finalising the NPoA framework to address the challenges identified in the Second Country Review Report CRR According to her it is critical to engage the implementers of the NPoA for better information understanding and ownership for effective implementation Akobundu said that the NPoA document would be harmonised in line with the country s National Development Plan NDP Sustainable Development Goals SDGs 2030 and AU Agenda 2063 for smooth implementation in line with global best practices It s worthy of note that the country review is an initiative by the African Union to measure governance promote best practices and encourage peer to peer learning she said Dr Zainab Ahmed the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning said the government was committed to promoting good governance practice enshrined in the ideals and vision of NEPAD which birthed the African Peer Review Mechanism APRM Ahmed represented by Mr Peter Adeosun an official of the ministry said the country was proud of the progress made in the APRM as a self monitoring tool to address governance deficit in Africa We will conform to our shared values in the areas of democracy and political economic and corporate governance and socio economic development she said Sen Abba Ali the Chairman of the APRM Governing Council Nigeria commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Ministry of Finance for ensuring effective implementation of the programmes that entrenched good governance We ask that you continue so that we can get it right for a better Nigeria Ali said The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the APRM was established in 2003 by the AU Heads of State and Government to foster practices that lead to political stability high economic growth sustainable and inclusive development The core mandate of the APRM is a comprehensive NPoA developed to address governance challenges identified in the country NAN also reports that the five day programme attracted stakeholders from across AU member states NAN
    AU begins stakeholders’ engagement to implement action on economic development
    Economy5 months ago

    AU begins stakeholders’ engagement to implement action on economic development

    The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) has commenced stakeholders’ capacity building to effectively implement the National Programme of Action (NPoA) to accelerate economic development in the country.

    Princess Gloria Akobundu, the Chief Executive Officer of AUDA-NEPAD, said the programme would guide and mobilise the country’s efforts in implementing the needed changes to also improve the state of governance.

    Akobundu said the capacity building was geared toward harmonising and finalising the NPoA framework to address the challenges identified in the Second Country Review Report (CRR).

    According to her, it is critical to engage the implementers of the NPoA for better information, understanding and ownership for effective implementation.

    Akobundu said that the NPoA document would be harmonised in line with the country’s National Development Plan (NDP), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and AU-Agenda 2063 for smooth implementation in line with global best practices.

    ”It’s worthy of note that the country review is an initiative by the African Union to measure governance, promote best practices and encourage peer-to-peer learning,” she said.

    Dr Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, said the government was committed to promoting good governance practice enshrined in the ideals and vision of NEPAD which birthed the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

    Ahmed, represented by Mr Peter Adeosun, an official of the ministry, said the country was proud of the progress made in the APRM as a self-monitoring tool to address governance deficit in Africa.

    ”We will conform to our shared values in the areas of democracy and political, economic and corporate governance and socio-economic development,” she said.

    Sen. Abba Ali, the Chairman of the APRM Governing Council, Nigeria, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Ministry of Finance for ensuring effective implementation of the programmes that entrenched good governance.

    ”We ask that you continue so that we can get it right for a better Nigeria,” Ali said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APRM was established in 2003 by the AU Heads of State and Government to foster practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable and inclusive development.

    The core mandate of the APRM is a comprehensive NPoA developed to address governance challenges identified in the country.

    NAN also reports that the five-day programme attracted stakeholders from across AU member states.

    (NAN)

  •   An International Monetary Fund IMF mission led by Mr Luca Antonio Ricci conducted the 2022 Article IV consultation talks with the authorities from April 5 to 15 At the conclusion of the mission Mr Ricci made the following statement C te d Ivoire s economy has remained resilient in the face of the pandemic due to the rapid and well designed response policies of the Ivorian authorities COVID related deaths have been low by international standards while vaccination efforts continue and about half of the target population have received a first dose so far After a 2 percent slowdown in 2020 economic growth is expected to rebound strongly to an estimated 7 percent in 2021 driven by a pick up in consumption and investment Price inflation reached 5 6 in December 2021 mainly reflecting an increase in world prices before falling slightly to 4 5 in March The overall fiscal deficit reached 5 1 percent of GDP in 2021 percent of GDP below the budget forecast mainly due to gains from strengthening the tax administration and ongoing digitization efforts which in turn offset higher spending on security The deteriorating external environment related to the war in Ukraine is expected to influence the macroeconomic outlook in 2022 IMF staff forecast growth to slow to 6 this year due to subdued global demand deteriorating terms of trade and greater uncertainty The authorities have taken a series of temporary measures to contain the effects of the war in Ukraine and preserve food security including maximum prices for various food products subsidies for petroleum products and export permit requirements for some staple foods The macroeconomic outlook is favourable but C te d Ivoire still faces external downside risks These risks stem primarily from the global fallout from the war in Ukraine tighter monetary policy in advanced countries and the associated rise in the cost of borrowing as well as continued instability in some neighboring countries The country also faces upside risks in particular the recent substantial discovery of oil and gas and a determined implementation of reforms under the National Development Plan NDP 2021 25 could help boost the medium term outlook The staff encouraged the authorities to closely assess the impact of the measures that have been taken so far to mitigate the effects of the war in Ukraine and to ensure that such measures do not create market distortions remain temporary and are well targeted to the most vulnerable and remain in line with medium term fiscal sustainability objectives Staff emphasized the importance of preserving macroeconomic and debt sustainability by properly anchoring expectations The staff anticipates that to the extent that the external situation improves it will remain feasible to achieve the WAEMU convergence criterion of a 3 fiscal deficit target by 2024 Over time it will also be essential to rebuild the buffers C te d Ivoire authorities and IMF staff agreed that continuing to strengthen domestic revenue mobilization is crucial to financing critical spending and improving macroeconomic resilience Despite recent efforts tax revenues remain relatively low by international standards Staff noted the need to continue mobilizing additional domestic resources for priority spending to promote social convergence as well as to finance critical infrastructure and public services IMF staff welcomed the National Development Plan NDP 2021 25 approved in December 2021 which aims to accelerate economic and social transformation It emphasizes improving the role of the private sector industrialization human capital productivity and governance The authorities must continue to improve the business environment and infrastructure safeguarding property rights promoting access to credit and encouraging export diversification It is also crucial to continue developing sustainable policies for adaptation to climate change and mitigation of associated risks Continuing to improve the provision of public services and deepening social convergence remains essential to support more inclusive and sustainable growth The authorities made significant efforts under the government social program PSGouv 2019 2020 in particular expanding access to electricity drinking water and education throughout the country However efforts must continue to improve both the efficiency of spending and access to more efficient public services In this regard ongoing efforts to improve access to health care expand training for health professionals and strengthen vocational training programs are welcome The IMF team would like to express its appreciation to the authorities and other stakeholders for the open and constructive discussions The IMF team met with Prime Minister Patrick Achi the Minister and Secretary General of the Presidency Abdourahmane Ciss the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani the Minister of Economy and Finance Adama Coulibaly the Minister of Budget and State Assets Moussa Sanogo the Minister of Planning and Development Nial Kaba the Minister of Public Services and Modernization of the Administration Anne D sir e Ouloto the Minister of Public Health Sanitation and Universal Health Coverage Pierre Dimba the Minister of Mining Oil and Energy Thomas Camara Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development Jean Luc Assi Minister for Trade and Industry Souleymane Diarrassouba Minister for Technical and Vocational Training Koffi N Guessan National Director of BCEAO Chalouho Coulibaly and other senior government and BCEAO officials as well as representatives from the business and donor communities
    IMF Staff Completes 2022 Article IV Mission to Côte d’Ivoire
      An International Monetary Fund IMF mission led by Mr Luca Antonio Ricci conducted the 2022 Article IV consultation talks with the authorities from April 5 to 15 At the conclusion of the mission Mr Ricci made the following statement C te d Ivoire s economy has remained resilient in the face of the pandemic due to the rapid and well designed response policies of the Ivorian authorities COVID related deaths have been low by international standards while vaccination efforts continue and about half of the target population have received a first dose so far After a 2 percent slowdown in 2020 economic growth is expected to rebound strongly to an estimated 7 percent in 2021 driven by a pick up in consumption and investment Price inflation reached 5 6 in December 2021 mainly reflecting an increase in world prices before falling slightly to 4 5 in March The overall fiscal deficit reached 5 1 percent of GDP in 2021 percent of GDP below the budget forecast mainly due to gains from strengthening the tax administration and ongoing digitization efforts which in turn offset higher spending on security The deteriorating external environment related to the war in Ukraine is expected to influence the macroeconomic outlook in 2022 IMF staff forecast growth to slow to 6 this year due to subdued global demand deteriorating terms of trade and greater uncertainty The authorities have taken a series of temporary measures to contain the effects of the war in Ukraine and preserve food security including maximum prices for various food products subsidies for petroleum products and export permit requirements for some staple foods The macroeconomic outlook is favourable but C te d Ivoire still faces external downside risks These risks stem primarily from the global fallout from the war in Ukraine tighter monetary policy in advanced countries and the associated rise in the cost of borrowing as well as continued instability in some neighboring countries The country also faces upside risks in particular the recent substantial discovery of oil and gas and a determined implementation of reforms under the National Development Plan NDP 2021 25 could help boost the medium term outlook The staff encouraged the authorities to closely assess the impact of the measures that have been taken so far to mitigate the effects of the war in Ukraine and to ensure that such measures do not create market distortions remain temporary and are well targeted to the most vulnerable and remain in line with medium term fiscal sustainability objectives Staff emphasized the importance of preserving macroeconomic and debt sustainability by properly anchoring expectations The staff anticipates that to the extent that the external situation improves it will remain feasible to achieve the WAEMU convergence criterion of a 3 fiscal deficit target by 2024 Over time it will also be essential to rebuild the buffers C te d Ivoire authorities and IMF staff agreed that continuing to strengthen domestic revenue mobilization is crucial to financing critical spending and improving macroeconomic resilience Despite recent efforts tax revenues remain relatively low by international standards Staff noted the need to continue mobilizing additional domestic resources for priority spending to promote social convergence as well as to finance critical infrastructure and public services IMF staff welcomed the National Development Plan NDP 2021 25 approved in December 2021 which aims to accelerate economic and social transformation It emphasizes improving the role of the private sector industrialization human capital productivity and governance The authorities must continue to improve the business environment and infrastructure safeguarding property rights promoting access to credit and encouraging export diversification It is also crucial to continue developing sustainable policies for adaptation to climate change and mitigation of associated risks Continuing to improve the provision of public services and deepening social convergence remains essential to support more inclusive and sustainable growth The authorities made significant efforts under the government social program PSGouv 2019 2020 in particular expanding access to electricity drinking water and education throughout the country However efforts must continue to improve both the efficiency of spending and access to more efficient public services In this regard ongoing efforts to improve access to health care expand training for health professionals and strengthen vocational training programs are welcome The IMF team would like to express its appreciation to the authorities and other stakeholders for the open and constructive discussions The IMF team met with Prime Minister Patrick Achi the Minister and Secretary General of the Presidency Abdourahmane Ciss the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani the Minister of Economy and Finance Adama Coulibaly the Minister of Budget and State Assets Moussa Sanogo the Minister of Planning and Development Nial Kaba the Minister of Public Services and Modernization of the Administration Anne D sir e Ouloto the Minister of Public Health Sanitation and Universal Health Coverage Pierre Dimba the Minister of Mining Oil and Energy Thomas Camara Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development Jean Luc Assi Minister for Trade and Industry Souleymane Diarrassouba Minister for Technical and Vocational Training Koffi N Guessan National Director of BCEAO Chalouho Coulibaly and other senior government and BCEAO officials as well as representatives from the business and donor communities
    IMF Staff Completes 2022 Article IV Mission to Côte d’Ivoire
    Africa6 months ago

    IMF Staff Completes 2022 Article IV Mission to Côte d’Ivoire

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, led by Mr. Luca Antonio Ricci, conducted the 2022 Article IV consultation talks with the authorities from April 5 to 15.

    At the conclusion of the mission, Mr. Ricci made the following statement:

    “Côte d'Ivoire's economy has remained resilient in the face of the pandemic due to the rapid and well-designed response policies of the Ivorian authorities. COVID-related deaths have been low by international standards, while vaccination efforts continue and about half of the target population have received a first dose so far.

    “After a 2 percent slowdown in 2020, economic growth is expected to rebound strongly to an estimated 7 percent in 2021, driven by a pick-up in consumption and investment. Price inflation reached 5.6% in December 2021, mainly reflecting an increase in world prices, before falling slightly to 4.5% in March. The overall fiscal deficit reached 5.1 percent of GDP in 2021, ½ percent of GDP below the budget forecast, mainly due to gains from strengthening the tax administration and ongoing digitization efforts, which in turn offset higher spending on security.

    “The deteriorating external environment related to the war in Ukraine is expected to influence the macroeconomic outlook in 2022. IMF staff forecast growth to slow to 6% this year due to subdued global demand, deteriorating terms of trade and greater uncertainty. The authorities have taken a series of temporary measures to contain the effects of the war in Ukraine and preserve food security, including maximum prices for various food products, subsidies for petroleum products and export permit requirements for some staple foods.

    “The macroeconomic outlook is favourable, but Côte d'Ivoire still faces external downside risks. These risks stem primarily from the global fallout from the war in Ukraine, tighter monetary policy in advanced countries and the associated rise in the cost of borrowing, as well as continued instability in some neighboring countries. The country also faces upside risks, in particular the recent substantial discovery of oil and gas and a determined implementation of reforms under the National Development Plan (NDP) 2021-25 could help boost the medium-term outlook.

    “The staff encouraged the authorities to closely assess the impact of the measures that have been taken so far to mitigate the effects of the war in Ukraine and to ensure that such measures do not create market distortions, remain temporary and are well targeted. to the most vulnerable. and remain in line with medium-term fiscal sustainability objectives.

    “Staff emphasized the importance of preserving macroeconomic and debt sustainability by properly anchoring expectations. The staff anticipates that, to the extent that the external situation improves, it will remain feasible to achieve the WAEMU convergence criterion of a 3% fiscal deficit target by 2024. Over time, it will also be essential to rebuild the buffers.

    “Côte d'Ivoire authorities and IMF staff agreed that continuing to strengthen domestic revenue mobilization is crucial to financing critical spending and improving macroeconomic resilience. Despite recent efforts, tax revenues remain relatively low by international standards. Staff noted the need to continue mobilizing additional domestic resources for priority spending to promote social convergence, as well as to finance critical infrastructure and public services.

    “IMF staff welcomed the National Development Plan (NDP) 2021-25 approved in December 2021, which aims to accelerate economic and social transformation. It emphasizes improving the role of the private sector, industrialization, human capital, productivity, and governance. The authorities must continue to improve the business environment and infrastructure, safeguarding property rights, promoting access to credit, and encouraging export diversification. It is also crucial to continue developing sustainable policies for adaptation to climate change and mitigation of associated risks.

    “Continuing to improve the provision of public services and deepening social convergence remains essential to support more inclusive and sustainable growth. The authorities made significant efforts under the government social program PSGouv 2019-2020, in particular, expanding access to electricity, drinking water and education throughout the country. However, efforts must continue to improve both the efficiency of spending and access to more efficient public services. In this regard, ongoing efforts to improve access to health care, expand training for health professionals, and strengthen vocational training programs are welcome.

    "The IMF team would like to express its appreciation to the authorities and other stakeholders for the open and constructive discussions."

    The IMF team met with Prime Minister Patrick Achi; the Minister and Secretary General of the Presidency Abdourahmane Cissé; the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Adama Coulibaly; the Minister of Budget and State Assets, Moussa Sanogo; the Minister of Planning and Development, Nialé Kaba; the Minister of Public Services and Modernization of the Administration, Anne Désirée Ouloto; the Minister of Public Health, Sanitation and Universal Health Coverage, Pierre Dimba; the Minister of Mining, Oil and Energy Thomas Camara; Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development Jean-Luc Assi, Minister for Trade and Industry Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister for Technical and Vocational Training Koffi N'Guessan, National Director of BCEAO Chalouho Coulibaly; and other senior government and BCEAO officials, as well as representatives from the business and donor communities.

  •   On February 13 Djibouti launched the final implementation of the National Development Plan NDP for the period 2020 2024 Djibouti ICI This is a particularly ambitious plan based on three strategic axes Inclusion Connectivity Institutions A plan that fits within the framework of Vision 2035 the future strategy defined by President Isma l Omar Guelleh And a plan that builds on the strengths of the country on its will to emerge and modernize in accordance with the demands of our time In a complex region Djibouti is working to consolidate its status as a pole of stability security and development The previous first five year plan 2015 2019 made it possible to exceed growth targets and launch essential infrastructure with the completion of new port areas free zones and the Djibouti Addis Ababa railway line The Covid 19 pandemic as in other places strongly impacted this positive cycle The adverse effects of this crisis have been contained thanks to the National Solidarity Pact PEN 2020 This NPS which has been included in the Djibouti ICI has allowed the country to underline the resilience of its model The launch of the Djibouti ICI symbolizes the country s willingness to move forward again while addressing the structural challenges facing the nation in terms of social inclusion infrastructure sustainable development and governance Djibouti ICI focuses on three interdependent and priority axes The first axis inclusion aims to adopt an inclusive model and ensure a better distribution of growth The second connectivity aims to ensure better national integration and strengthen Djibouti s position as the center of the continental economy The third institutions aims to consolidate the realization of rights and freedoms democracy and public transparency while strengthening social cohesion The overall budget for the 2020 2024 NDP is estimated at 2 482 billion FDJ 12 billion euros The objective is to achieve an average growth rate of 8 5 in 2025 with a significant expansion of the private sector These objectives require a great effort in terms of economic governance and the mobilization of internal and external financial resources This approach is not new For more than two decades the country has been committed to this ambitious model Djibouti has established itself as a key port and logistics hub Overall wealth has more than doubled since 2000 And today to increase the competitiveness of the economy several major projects have been launched This is the case of the Damerjog industrial estate the new infrastructure in the field of shipbuilding and oil terminals and the transformation of the historic port into an international business district Studies have also begun for the construction of a new international airport The 2020 2024 NDP is a new tool at the service of this national ambition which is to make Djibouti an emerging nation open to modernity and fully concerned with the well being of all its citizens
    Djibouti Inclusion – Connectivity – Institutions (ICI): A major step for the country’s emergence
      On February 13 Djibouti launched the final implementation of the National Development Plan NDP for the period 2020 2024 Djibouti ICI This is a particularly ambitious plan based on three strategic axes Inclusion Connectivity Institutions A plan that fits within the framework of Vision 2035 the future strategy defined by President Isma l Omar Guelleh And a plan that builds on the strengths of the country on its will to emerge and modernize in accordance with the demands of our time In a complex region Djibouti is working to consolidate its status as a pole of stability security and development The previous first five year plan 2015 2019 made it possible to exceed growth targets and launch essential infrastructure with the completion of new port areas free zones and the Djibouti Addis Ababa railway line The Covid 19 pandemic as in other places strongly impacted this positive cycle The adverse effects of this crisis have been contained thanks to the National Solidarity Pact PEN 2020 This NPS which has been included in the Djibouti ICI has allowed the country to underline the resilience of its model The launch of the Djibouti ICI symbolizes the country s willingness to move forward again while addressing the structural challenges facing the nation in terms of social inclusion infrastructure sustainable development and governance Djibouti ICI focuses on three interdependent and priority axes The first axis inclusion aims to adopt an inclusive model and ensure a better distribution of growth The second connectivity aims to ensure better national integration and strengthen Djibouti s position as the center of the continental economy The third institutions aims to consolidate the realization of rights and freedoms democracy and public transparency while strengthening social cohesion The overall budget for the 2020 2024 NDP is estimated at 2 482 billion FDJ 12 billion euros The objective is to achieve an average growth rate of 8 5 in 2025 with a significant expansion of the private sector These objectives require a great effort in terms of economic governance and the mobilization of internal and external financial resources This approach is not new For more than two decades the country has been committed to this ambitious model Djibouti has established itself as a key port and logistics hub Overall wealth has more than doubled since 2000 And today to increase the competitiveness of the economy several major projects have been launched This is the case of the Damerjog industrial estate the new infrastructure in the field of shipbuilding and oil terminals and the transformation of the historic port into an international business district Studies have also begun for the construction of a new international airport The 2020 2024 NDP is a new tool at the service of this national ambition which is to make Djibouti an emerging nation open to modernity and fully concerned with the well being of all its citizens
    Djibouti Inclusion – Connectivity – Institutions (ICI): A major step for the country’s emergence
    Africa8 months ago

    Djibouti Inclusion – Connectivity – Institutions (ICI): A major step for the country’s emergence

    On February 13, Djibouti launched the final implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) for the period 2020-2024: "Djibouti ICI". This is a particularly ambitious plan, based on three strategic axes: Inclusion - Connectivity - Institutions. A plan that fits within the framework of Vision 2035, the future strategy defined by President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. And a plan that builds on the strengths of the country, on its will to emerge and modernize, in accordance with the demands of our time.

    In a complex region, Djibouti is working to consolidate its status as a pole of stability, security and development. The previous first five-year plan (2015-2019) made it possible to exceed growth targets and launch essential infrastructure with the completion of new port areas, free zones and the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railway line.

    The Covid 19 pandemic, as in other places, strongly impacted this positive cycle. The adverse effects of this crisis have been contained thanks to the National Solidarity Pact (PEN) 2020. This NPS, which has been included in the Djibouti ICI, has allowed the country to underline the resilience of its model.

    The launch of the Djibouti ICI symbolizes the country's willingness to move forward again, while addressing the structural challenges facing the nation in terms of social inclusion, infrastructure, sustainable development and governance.

    Djibouti ICI focuses on three interdependent and priority axes. The first axis (inclusion) aims to adopt an inclusive model and ensure a better distribution of growth. The second (connectivity) aims to ensure better national integration and strengthen Djibouti's position as the center of the continental economy. The third (institutions) aims to consolidate the realization of rights and freedoms, democracy and public transparency, while strengthening social cohesion.

    The overall budget for the 2020-2024 NDP is estimated at 2.482 billion FDJ (12 billion euros). The objective is to achieve an average growth rate of 8.5% in 2025, with a significant expansion of the private sector.

    These objectives require a great effort in terms of economic governance and the mobilization of internal and external financial resources. This approach is not new. For more than two decades, the country has been committed to this ambitious model. Djibouti has established itself as a key port and logistics hub. Overall wealth has more than doubled since 2000. And today, to increase the competitiveness of the economy, several major projects have been launched. This is the case of the Damerjog industrial estate, the new infrastructure in the field of shipbuilding and oil terminals, and the transformation of the historic port into an international business district. Studies have also begun for the construction of a new international airport.

    The 2020-2024 NDP is a new tool at the service of this national ambition, which is to make Djibouti an emerging nation, open to modernity and fully concerned with the well-being of all its citizens.

  •   In the 2021 2022 budget UNRA was allocated 3 1 billion shs which according to Katumba Wamala was not enough to allow the highway authority to meet its stated targets KAMPALA Uganda January 14 2022 APO Group The Minister of Works and Transport General Edward Katumba Wamala has told members of Parliament that unless the ministry s budget shortfalls are addressed projects in the works sub sector of the National Development Plan NDP III will not be implemented on time It will be difficult to start new projects before completing the ones that have been started he said Katumba Wamala appeared before the Physical Infrastructure Committee on Thursday January 13 2022 to respond to questions raised in the Budget Framework Document BFP for fiscal year 2022 2023 He said that most of the projects in execution are being carried out behind schedule and said that some projects have suffered significant budget cuts We are not paying the contractors If we continue like this it will be difficult to meet our objectives he said The minister informed lawmakers that the government is losing approximately 123 million shhs a week in interest payments on loans There are some contracts that we committed to with the Uganda National Highways Authority and even scheduled some because they promised us money but we haven t seen the money If this is how we are going to proceed not even this BFP or any plan we have will help the minister said In the 2021 2022 budget UNRA was allocated 3 1 billion shs which Katumba Wamala said was not enough to allow the highway authority to meet its stated targets UNRA undertakes big projects and I need us to understand this so we know where we are going he said He said that while the Minister of State for Finance Amos Lugoolobi recently blamed budget shortfalls on the COVID 19 pandemic that affected the economy for almost two years Parliament should prioritize the road sector We are happy that the economy is fully reopened and we hope that this will lead to the recovery of the economy said Katumba Wamala Hon Nathan Byanyima NRM Bukanga North advised the ministry to prioritize the construction and maintenance of roads that have a direct impact on traffic jams in Kampala city Parliamentarians must appropriately allocate funds to tackle the recurring problem of traffic jams It is disastrous to continue to have many highways that have the potential to decongest the city he said Byanyima added that the ministry should conclusively address the problem of motorcyclists in the city and said that they are contributing to the traffic jam to which the minister replied that the ministry is working with the Kampala Capital City Authority to reorganize cycling operations Hon Sarah Opendi NRM Tororo District blamed the poor state of the roads on the delay in formulating regulations for the implementation of the Uganda Roads Fund Act to ensure the implementation of the Act Some of the challenges we face is that the Ministry of Finance has not fulfilled its work as established by the Road Fund The fund was created to guarantee the regular maintenance of the roads he said Opendi added that the delay in maintenance contributes to the poor state of roads throughout the country People are dying not only from reckless drivers but also from bad roads The issue of the Road Fund must be addressed by this committee he said Hon Elijah Okupa Ind Kasilo County wondered why the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation continually cites budget shortfalls as the biggest challenge yet most projects are donor funded What does the ministry do with all the donor funds he asked It also asked the minister to clarify the category of motorists exempt from paying the toll on the Kampala Entebbe expressway after the government started collecting the toll on January 8 2022 There is a video that has gone viral showing officers at the toll gates in a fight with police officers in a patrol car Should security personnel collect tolls on highways he asked In response the minister clarified that the law is clear about the category of those exempt from paying highway tolls and security guards on duty fall into that category
    Uganda: Completion of road projects hang in balance over funds, Minister tells MPs
      In the 2021 2022 budget UNRA was allocated 3 1 billion shs which according to Katumba Wamala was not enough to allow the highway authority to meet its stated targets KAMPALA Uganda January 14 2022 APO Group The Minister of Works and Transport General Edward Katumba Wamala has told members of Parliament that unless the ministry s budget shortfalls are addressed projects in the works sub sector of the National Development Plan NDP III will not be implemented on time It will be difficult to start new projects before completing the ones that have been started he said Katumba Wamala appeared before the Physical Infrastructure Committee on Thursday January 13 2022 to respond to questions raised in the Budget Framework Document BFP for fiscal year 2022 2023 He said that most of the projects in execution are being carried out behind schedule and said that some projects have suffered significant budget cuts We are not paying the contractors If we continue like this it will be difficult to meet our objectives he said The minister informed lawmakers that the government is losing approximately 123 million shhs a week in interest payments on loans There are some contracts that we committed to with the Uganda National Highways Authority and even scheduled some because they promised us money but we haven t seen the money If this is how we are going to proceed not even this BFP or any plan we have will help the minister said In the 2021 2022 budget UNRA was allocated 3 1 billion shs which Katumba Wamala said was not enough to allow the highway authority to meet its stated targets UNRA undertakes big projects and I need us to understand this so we know where we are going he said He said that while the Minister of State for Finance Amos Lugoolobi recently blamed budget shortfalls on the COVID 19 pandemic that affected the economy for almost two years Parliament should prioritize the road sector We are happy that the economy is fully reopened and we hope that this will lead to the recovery of the economy said Katumba Wamala Hon Nathan Byanyima NRM Bukanga North advised the ministry to prioritize the construction and maintenance of roads that have a direct impact on traffic jams in Kampala city Parliamentarians must appropriately allocate funds to tackle the recurring problem of traffic jams It is disastrous to continue to have many highways that have the potential to decongest the city he said Byanyima added that the ministry should conclusively address the problem of motorcyclists in the city and said that they are contributing to the traffic jam to which the minister replied that the ministry is working with the Kampala Capital City Authority to reorganize cycling operations Hon Sarah Opendi NRM Tororo District blamed the poor state of the roads on the delay in formulating regulations for the implementation of the Uganda Roads Fund Act to ensure the implementation of the Act Some of the challenges we face is that the Ministry of Finance has not fulfilled its work as established by the Road Fund The fund was created to guarantee the regular maintenance of the roads he said Opendi added that the delay in maintenance contributes to the poor state of roads throughout the country People are dying not only from reckless drivers but also from bad roads The issue of the Road Fund must be addressed by this committee he said Hon Elijah Okupa Ind Kasilo County wondered why the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation continually cites budget shortfalls as the biggest challenge yet most projects are donor funded What does the ministry do with all the donor funds he asked It also asked the minister to clarify the category of motorists exempt from paying the toll on the Kampala Entebbe expressway after the government started collecting the toll on January 8 2022 There is a video that has gone viral showing officers at the toll gates in a fight with police officers in a patrol car Should security personnel collect tolls on highways he asked In response the minister clarified that the law is clear about the category of those exempt from paying highway tolls and security guards on duty fall into that category
    Uganda: Completion of road projects hang in balance over funds, Minister tells MPs
    Africa9 months ago

    Uganda: Completion of road projects hang in balance over funds, Minister tells MPs

    In the 2021/2022 budget, UNRA was allocated 3.1 billion shs, which, according to Katumba Wamala, was not enough to allow the highway authority to meet its stated targets.

    KAMPALA, Uganda, January 14, 2022/APO Group/ --

    The Minister of Works and Transport, General Edward Katumba Wamala, has told members of Parliament that unless the ministry's budget shortfalls are addressed, projects in the works sub-sector of the National Development Plan (NDP) III will not be implemented. on time. .

    “It will be difficult to start new projects before completing the ones that have been started,” he said.

    Katumba Wamala appeared before the Physical Infrastructure Committee on Thursday, January 13, 2022, to respond to questions raised in the Budget Framework Document (BFP) for fiscal year 2022/2023.

    He said that most of the projects in execution are being carried out behind schedule, and said that some projects have suffered significant budget cuts.

    “We are not paying the contractors. If we continue like this, it will be difficult to meet our objectives,” he said.

    The minister informed lawmakers that the government is losing approximately 123 million shhs a week in interest payments on loans.

    “There are some contracts that we committed to with the Uganda National Highways Authority and even scheduled some because they promised us money but we haven't seen the money. If this is how we are going to proceed, not even this BFP or any plan we have will help,” the minister said.

    In the 2021/2022 budget, UNRA was allocated 3.1 billion shs, which Katumba Wamala said was not enough to allow the highway authority to meet its stated targets.

    “UNRA undertakes big projects and I need us to understand this so we know where we are going,” he said.

    He said that while the Minister of State for Finance, Amos Lugoolobi, recently blamed budget shortfalls on the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the economy for almost two years, Parliament should prioritize the road sector.

    "We are happy that the economy is fully reopened and we hope that this will lead to the recovery of the economy," said Katumba Wamala.

    Hon Nathan Byanyima (NRM, Bukanga North) advised the ministry to prioritize the construction and maintenance of roads that have a direct impact on traffic jams in Kampala city.

    “Parliamentarians must appropriately allocate funds to tackle the recurring problem of traffic jams. It is disastrous to continue to have many highways that have the potential to decongest the city,” he said.

    Byanyima added that the ministry should conclusively address the problem of motorcyclists in the city and said that they are contributing to the traffic jam, to which the minister replied that the ministry is working with the Kampala Capital City Authority to reorganize cycling operations. .

    Hon Sarah Opendi (NRM, Tororo District) blamed the poor state of the roads on the delay in formulating regulations for the implementation of the Uganda Roads Fund Act to ensure the implementation of the Act.

    “Some of the challenges we face is that the Ministry of Finance has not fulfilled its work as established by the Road Fund. The fund was created to guarantee the regular maintenance of the roads,” he said.

    Opendi added that the delay in maintenance contributes to the poor state of roads throughout the country.

    “People are dying not only from reckless drivers but also from bad roads. The issue of the Road Fund must be addressed by this committee,” he said.

    Hon Elijah Okupa (Ind. Kasilo County) wondered why the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation continually cites budget shortfalls as the biggest challenge, yet most projects are donor-funded.

    “What does the ministry do with all the donor funds?” he asked.

    It also asked the minister to clarify the category of motorists exempt from paying the toll on the Kampala-Entebbe expressway, after the government started collecting the toll on January 8, 2022.

    “There is a video that has gone viral showing officers at the toll gates in a fight with police officers in a patrol car. Should security personnel collect tolls on highways? he asked.

    In response, the minister clarified that the law is clear about the category of those exempt from paying highway tolls, and security guards on duty fall into that category.