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Gov’t To Buy Shs650M Car For AGOA Boss Susan Muhwezi

Susan Muhwezi/NTV photo

The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development is seeking for Shs650M to purchase a car for the Senior Presidential Advisor on The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a position held by Susan Muhwezi.

The details are contained in an addendum to the Supplementary Schedule for 2020/21 to pending Parliament approval.

David Bahati, State Minister of Planning tabled the supplementary that has an item where Government committed Shs650M to purchase transport equipment for the Senior Presidential Advisor on The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

AGOA is a piece of legislation that was approved by the U.S. Congress in May 2000 to “assist” the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and to improve economic relations between the United States and the region, to which Uganda subscribes to.

During the launch of AGOA Exhibition in May 2019, Susan Muhwezi, Senior Presidential Advisor on AGOA revealed that in 2017, Uganda made USD82M (Shs303.512bn) from AGOA but these figures declined to USD53M (Shs196.172bn) in 2018 and this was found to be lower than other nation’s members of the pact.

In the same budget, the Ministry of Finance, is seeking for authorisation to transfer Shs483Million collected by Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority (URBRA) to facilitate the institution study on optimal features for micro pensions and implement the automated Risk Based Supervision Framework.

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital is also seeking for Shs1.63 billion from USAID to cater for payment of salaries for contract health workers and support staff, while Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital is looking for additional Shs2.966Bn from USAID to cater for payment of salaries for contract health workers and support staff.

Local Government Ministry is also looking for Shs2.091Bn to cater for Local Government responses to the COVID- 19 pandemic; while newly created Terego District wants to transfer Shs23.81billion from Arua District.

Still among Local Governments, Government is seeking for Shs357.72Bn to transfer of funds from former Municipalities to the newly Created Cities.

It should be noted that Parliament earlier tabled a Shs3.426Trn supplementary.

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