Our vision and that of our President, HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is to cause social-economic transformation of the country through creating jobs, especially for our young people and addressing the needs of the 39 percent of our population who are still outside the money economy.
Honourable Ministers and Ministers of State, Colleague Members of Parliament, Members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Budget (PACOB), Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for coming for this inaugural meeting of the Presidential Advisory Committee of the Budget for the Financial Year 2022/2023. Congratulations on being appointed to this Committee. I thank the Government Chief Whip, Hon Thomas Tayebwa, for leading this process.
You know, they say that, if you want to know someone's priorities, you simply have to look at how they have allocated their budgets. You put your money where your mouth or priorities are. It is therefore through PACOB that the priorities of this Government which are well articulated in our Manifesto, Presidential Directives and Constituency needs, will be taken care of and aligned, so that the people who gave us their votes overwhelmingly for the term of office of 2021-206, see that we are delivering on what we promised them.
Our vision and that of our President, HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is to cause social-economic transformation of the country through creating jobs, especially for our young people and addressing the needs of the 39 percent of our population who are still outside the money economy. The National Budget must therefore target interventions that put money in the pockets of our people.
It must put emphasis on those areas that directly touch the lives of our people, like promoting agro-processing, industrialization, and infrastructure development - building roads, railways, power stations - all of which unlock the economy and enable our people to get their produce to the market. With programmes that target the needs of our people, we will be able to make sure that the NRM Party and Government remain the party and Government of choice for Ugandans beyond 2026 and for many more years to come.
Friends, a key element in our 3rd National Development Plan as well as the NRM Manifesto, is the implementation of the Parish Development Model. We want to make sure that the required resources for the operationalization of the Model are availed during this Financial Year and the forthcoming years because we believe that this is going to be a game-changer for our people since service delivery programs will now be targeted at the lowest level - at the Parish.
We, therefore, need to examine the budget process and make sure that it truly speaks to, and addresses the pressing needs of our people, and not just leave it as a big document full of complex language and figures that are not connected to the people. I want also to point out that with the effects of Covid- 19 on the social and economic lives of Ugandans, the need for further prioritization on spending the Budget on those areas that will facilitate quick recovery cannot be overemphasized.
Colleagues, we also need to make sure that the money allocated in the Budget, actually does what it is meant to do. In short, I am addressing the issue of corruption, where public resources end up in the deep pockets of contractors, and middlemen, and never reach the intended beneficiaries. This cancer of corruption must be fought by all of us in this Committee. We should not simply satisfy ourselves with the allocations, but also with how the money is used.
This calls on us to monitor Government projects on the ground and ensure that there is value for money and that the quality of work is up to standard. By doing that, we will make sure that the Budget serves the purpose for which it has been allocated. With these remarks, I thank you once again and wish you the best as you do your work. Thank you.
RT. HON. ROBINAH NABBANJA
PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA