Live Documentation Of Key Highlights Of 2017/18 Budget As Read By Finance Minister Matia KasaijaFrom Serena Hotel Kampala

“Agriculture sector is key in providing food security & export earnings + creating job opportunities for Ugandan youth & women”

“Govt will address effects of climate change by commencing construction of irrigation schemes in 13 districts in next FY”

The districts are Iganga, Bugiri, Pallisa, Tororo, Butaleja, Namutumba, Soroti, Serere, Dokolo, Lira, Amuru, Nwoya and Hoima”

“Solar-power water irrigation systems will also be established in all 9 Zonal Agricultural Research & Development Institutes”

Kasaija: 520 valley tanks will be constructed to increase availability of water for agricultural production

“Govt will accelerate public investment in the entire value chain for strategic commodities to add value in agric. produce”

Kasaija: “Unleashing Agriculture’s potential can eliminate Uganda’s trade deficit currently at $2.8bn”

“Government to work with Uganda Tea Association and other private stakeholders to increase the productivity of tea farmers”

Tourism has developed rapidly; we were ranked as one of the World’s top five tourist destinations in 2017 by CNN

“Tourist arrivals to Uganda have more than doubled to 1.3 million people in 2015; it was 540,000 in 2006″

Tourism e”Uganda is targeting tourist arrivals 2 increase to 4m visitors per year. This will increase tourism earnings to $2.7bn by 2020” mploys 1.2 million people both directly and indirectly

“98% of land acquisition for the Oil Refinery has been completed. Govt will select a Lead Investor to partner with”

“Hoima-Tanga route was selected as the least cost route to transport Uganda’s crude oil to the East African Coast”

Construction of the Kabaale International Airport in Hoima will start in next FY to facilitate dev’t of crude oil

Electricity access has increased to 21% of households in 2016 compared to 11% in 2011

474.33Km of medium voltage and 240Km of low voltage lines have been constructed Rural Electrification: 113 out of 117 districts have been connected to the grid

474.33Km of medium voltage and 240Km of low voltage lines have been constructed

The remaining 287 out of 1,500 sub-counties will be connected in the medium term on the next FY

“Govt is engaging the financiers of Bujagali Hydropower Project to refinance its debt; this will reduce power tariff”


“Stock of paved roads has increased from 3,317km in 2011/12 to 4,919km; 1,081Km short of the 2020 NDP II target of 6,000km”

“Despite of the progress made in upgrading roads, road safety remains a challenge due to high rates of accidents on these road”

“84.5% of acquisition of the right of way for Malaba – Kampala SGR project has been completed. Financing negotiations underway”

“There has been progress in Health outcomes over the last five years, since 2011”

Infant mortality has declined from 54 to 43 deaths per 1000 live births

Under-five child mortality has declined from 90 to 64 deaths per 1000 live births

Maternal mortality has also declined from 438 to 336 deaths per 100,000 births respectively

There has been a decline in the fertility rate from an average of 6.2 to 5.4 children per woman

“Malaria prevalence has reduced from 42% to 19% according to the 2015 Malaria Indicator Survey”

Mother to child HIV transmission reduced w/ the number of new infections dropping from 22,000 in 2012 to 3,400 in 2016



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