Presidential Budget Advisory Committee Launched


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TThe committee also has an overall coordination unit led by Aggrey David Kibenge, the Under Secretary in charge of Finance and Administration in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Government has unveiled the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Budget-PACOB in an attempt to ensure effective implementation of the budget. 

The 73-member committee will among other things advice, monitor and track the formulation and implementation of the budget.

The Prime Minister, Ruhakana Ruganda launched the committee this afternoon, despite the fact that it has been existent for the last four years with minimal traction.
The elaborate committee spans all ministries, sectors and programmes', creating what looks like a parallel structure to the existing government structures.
The committee members include ministers, serving as well as former members of parliament and technocrats. They are drawn from different ministries, districts and agencies.
The committee also has an overall coordination unit led by Aggrey David Kibenge, the Under Secretary in charge of Finance and Administration in the Office of the Prime Minister.
The committee's terms of reference are: to establish various priority areas set by the ministries and come up with priorities within priorities and identify critical areas in the sector that need funding so as to boost production.
Other terms are incorporating the National Resistance Movement manifesto, presidential pledges and constituency needs in the national budget, identifying sources of revenues and allocating and re-allocating revenues among priority areas.
The committee is also charged with advising government on how to improve on service delivery. Premier Rugunda said PACOD is a political vehicle for the implementation of the ruling party's priorities.
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Rugunda, re-echoing President Yoweri Museveni's assertion that his current presidential term is not about playing games, or Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo in Kiswahili, said the committee will ensure presidential promises and other government programmes are implemented to the letter.
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The committee is subdivided into five sub-committees. The social services sub-committee covers education, sports, health and social development while the physical infrastructure sub-committee has works, transport, water, environment, ICT, lands, housing and urban development.
The governance and public administration sub-committee covers security, justice, law and order, accountability, public administration, legislature and public sector management; while the agriculture, trade, industry and tourism committee has agriculture, animal industry, fisheries, tourism, trade and industry.
The technical sub-committee will propose revenue enhancement measures in consultation with Uganda Revenue Authority and Ministry of Finance.


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