BY SAMUEL NABWIISO
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.