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Uganda Finance Minister asks parastatals to be gender mindful

BY SAMUEL NABWIISO

Uganda Finance Minister Matia Kasaija.

KAMPALA, UGANDA- Matia Kasaija, Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic development has asked all Government Ministries and Agencies to have a gender sensitive budget despite being allocated limited resources.

“As Government,  we are pursuing inclusive policy of Economic Inclusive growth where all Ugandans should be given opportunity to progress economically. That is why gender issues should be given priority in all budgets,” said Kasaija.

He was speaking at Sheraton Hotel Kampala during  the Gender and Equity Budget stakeholders meeting.

He said the economy cannot generate all the required resources to meet all the needs for all sectors, but he reasoned that if the little resources available can be effectively utilized in focusing on equity and gender budgeting,  it can support the government in solving some of the gender and equity disparity issues.

The Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission Sylvia Muwebwa  Ntambi   asked the all Government Ministries and Agencies to ensure that their budgets are in line with the National Development Plan. She said this will help to reduce the increasing social inequality.

“The Government developed the National Development plan which explains what it intends to do in order  to improve the wellbeings of its population,” said Ntambi.

The Chairperson of the Budget Committee of Parliament  Amos Lugolobi expressed concerns over the increasing disparities when it comes to delivering  government social and economic services.