By Jumah Kakomo
Following the commencement of the consultation process for the budget for the financial year 2018/2019, the civil society organizations (CSOs) have urged government to put much emphasis on keys relevant issues in a bid to transform the economy of Uganda to middle income status by 2020.
CSOs including among others the Uganda national NGO forum, SEATIN, Uganda debt network cited out industrialisation, agriculture sector, banking sector, infrastructures, health, education sectors among others as the key main areas that should tackled if government is to achieve its vision of shifting Uganda to a middle income status.
According to Richard Ssewakiryanga, executive director Uganda national NGO forum, the minister for finance Matia Kasaija during the national budget consultative conference held on the 07th/09/ 2017 highlighted new challenges that could impede the country from achieving the middle income status such as poor coordination and institutional weaknesses, decline in agricultural production and productivity, and constraints to private sector growth leaving out instrumental areas.
Meanwhile Imelda Namaga from Uganda debt network expressed her worry over the accelerating debt of Uganda which is currently stands at over UGX34 trillion.