NDPIV to provide 885,000 jobs annually over the 5 year implementation period

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The Minister of State for Planning, Hon. Amos Lugoloobi, has revealed that on 26 March 2024, the Cabinet approved the Strategic Direction for the fourth National Development Plan (NDPIV) that will be implemented from FY 2025/26 to 2029/30. The Minister revealed this while addressing participants at a Planning Conference convened by the National Planning Authority(NPA) on the formulation of NDPIV, Wednesday 29th May 2024, at the Office of the President.

Hon Amos Lugoloobi, the Minister of State for Planning addressing participants at the Planning COnference held on Wednesday 29 May 2024.

The Minister further informed participants that the goal of the NDPIV is to achieve higher household income and employment for sustainable social economic transformation and that the theme of the NDPIV is Sustainable Industrialisation for Inclusive Growth, Employment and Wealth Creation.

The Minister also highlighted the strategic objectives of the NDPIV as; i) Sustainably increase production, productivity and value addition in agriculture, minerals, oil & gas, tourism, ICT and financial services, ii) Enhance human capital development along the entire life cycle, iii) Support the private sector to drive growth and create jobs, iv) Build and maintain strategic sustainable infrastructure in transport, housing, energy, water, industry and ICT, and, v) Strengthen good governance, security, and the role of the state in development.

According to the Strategic Direction, the income per capita is expected to increase from USD 1,051 in financial year 2025/26 to USD 2,008 by 2029/30. The Strategic Direction also reveals that development projects will translate into an average growth of 9.3 percent over the NDPIV period and that the number of jobs created annually will average at 885,000.

In her recommendations to improve service delivery during the NDPIV implementation, Hon. Lucy Nakyobe, the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet said “government needs to strengthen institutions through continuous capacity building for public servants to improve service delivery.” She added that it is critical that digital transformation is embraced for streamlining government process.

Hon Lucy Nakyobe, the Head of Public Service addressing Participants during the Planning Conference at the Office of the President on Wednesday 29th May 2024.

“We also need to adopt prudent financial management practices to eliminate waste and corruption. There is also need for rigorous monitoring and evaluation of government programmes” added Nakyobe.

Ramathan Ggoobi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development said that Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Local Governments should develop realistic plans that align with the indicative planning figures for the NDPIV, adding that the Indicative planning figures for the NDPIV take into account the intended 10-fold growth of Uganda’s economy by 2040.

Mr. Ramathan Ggoobi, the Permanent Secretary of MoFPED, addressing participants during the Planning Conference at Office of the President on Wednesday 29th May 2024

He added that NDP programmes should strategically add development priorities basing on their impact and alignment to national goals.

During the conference, Dr. Asumani Gulooba, the Director Development Planning at the National Planning Authority (NPA) informed participants that the first draft NDPIV is expected to be in place in June and the final Plan by September 2024. He added that the NDPIV is expected to guide the Budget Strategy for FY2025/26 and the respective years up to FY2029/30 and the Country Cooperation & Assistance Strategies for Development Partners.

Gulooba, emphasised that the Local Governments comprising 135 districts, 10 Cities, 31 Municipal Councils & Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) are expected to develop their Local Government Development Plans (LGDPs) by May, 2025.

“During formulation of the NDPIV, NDP Programme Working Groups (PWGs) MDAs and Local Governments should develop their respective risk analysis and mitigation plans that specify the possible risks that may affect the delivery of their development interventions and how they intend to mitigate or solve these risks,” said Dr Gulooba.

The Planning Conference was hosted by the National Planning Authority (NPA) to disseminate the strategic direction of the NDPIV and the Planning Call Circular to facilitate the production of the NDPIV.  

The participants during the conference included the Head of Public Service, Permanent Secretaries, all NDP Programme Secretariats, Ministries, Departments and Agencies Planners, Local Government Planners, Development Partners, Civil Society, Non Governmental Organisations, Academia and the Private Sector.

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