KAMPALA – Ministry of Finance has hosted the Inter-ministerial consultations on the budget for 2020/21 Financial Year at the ministry headquarters in Kampala.
The Finance Ministry is meeting the Infrastructure and rural development cluster which includes: Works and Transport, Energy and Mineral Development, ICT & National Guidance, Lands and Urban Development and Local Govt.
Minister of State for Planning David Bahati while opening the Inter-ministerial consultations said infrastructure development contributes immensely to national development by supporting increased productivity and production for productive sectors such as agriculture, tourism, minerals, oil and gas.
“Rural development entails the process of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in rural areas which in many cases are relatively isolated and sparsely populated,” said Bahati.
Some of the key policy and operational issues for the infrastructure and rural development infrastructure include lack of physical plans & regional economic development plans, limited sectoral & inter-sectoral coordination in the planning process.
Others are delays in acquisition of right of way, vandalization of infrastructure and skewed investments in road infrastructure development at the detriment of road maintenance.