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Uganda moves to review population policy

KAMPALA, Uganda–The Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development through the National Population Council is developing a new National Population policy to replace the old one which was launched in 2008. 

The Director General of the National Population council Dr.Jotham  Musinguzi said  the current population policy of  2008 is outdated  and it cannot  help government  in effective planning for the  growing population.

“We have started working on the policy and we expect the new one to be in place within a period of six month from now because the population council has commenced holding stakeholder meetings which are essential in getting stakeholders views” He explained.

Musinguzi made the remarks during a corporate social breakfast meeting for population partners where the council was also launching the World Population day Activities for the year 2018.

He noted that Uganda has signed many international, regional and continental declarations but cannot be effectively implemented under the current National Population Policy.

“The new policy will be in line with the country’s national development plan which is good because it will enable government to source for resources to fund sectors that matter to her population. The new document will also address the challenges and gaps identified during the implementation of the old policy of 2008 which among other things included availing resources for evidence based development” He said. 

United Nations Population Fund Country Representative in Uganda   Alain Sibenaley commended the population council for the decision to come up with new Population policy.

“Without a proper national policy, government cannot plan for her growing population. We need a policy which is up to date   this does not only help government in planning but also the development partners, “He said.

The new policy comes at time when the country’s population is growing at high rate which is increasing on the demand for both social and economic services provided by the government.