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Exhibition In Proper Use Of Government Resources Kicks Off In Kampala

Exhibition In Proper Use Of Government Resources Kicks Off In Kampala

An exhibition that will showcase gains made by the government to reduce wastage in the implementation of projects today opened in Kampala.

The major intent of the exhibition is to promote best practices. It will also encourage the efficient use of donor resources in government agencies. All this is due to a need for an increase in returns on the investment done by the government.

They have dubbed the event Uganda Public Investment Management systems (PIMs) exhibition. This is taking place at Makerere University and is expected to lay strong emphasis on donor-funded projects.

The Finance Ministry said in a press release yesterday that the Uganda Public Investment Management systems program started in 2017.

This happened after realizing that returns on investment remained minimal even though expenditure on public projects increased.

“Therefore together with our patterners, we came up with a program to support a number of reforms so that we can improve efficiency in the implementation of government projects in the country. This is to enhance growth and be able to pay our debts and create more domestic revenue,” the ministry said.

Apparently, eight MDA are participating in the exhibition. They will showcase activities they have carried out in the last five years.

Government agencies participating in the exhibition include Uganda Revenue Authority, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), the Ministry of Finance, among others.

Airey Kate, British Commissioner to Uganda, said in a statement yesterday that despite being around for a short time, their observation shows that the program has realized some improvements.

According to the Finance Ministry, they have trained 900 government officials from the implementing agencies. This is as a way of building capacity for the program.

“This is expected to raise the quality of projects implemented using not only the donor funds but also funds locally sourced from the county,” the ministry said yesterday. 

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