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National development plan long overdue
Publish Date: Apr 22, 2010
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ON Monday President Yoweri Museveni launched the National Development Plan 2010/11 – 2014/15. In a nutshell the National Development Plan outlines a strategy for the socio-economic transformation of Uganda to a modern and prosperous country from a peasant economy within 30 years.

The just-launched plan caters for the next five years.

This development plan was long overdue. Over the last 25 years the country has been driven by an economic recovery plan and more recently the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP). These plans have been limited in their scope and their results.

The National Development Plan seems a more ambitious plan than we are used to which will go beyond economic recovery and poverty eradication to economic transformation and wealth creation.

We are not the first country to do this. The economic success of the eastern Asian nations has at their heart long-term economic plans focused on improved welfare of the people and not to impress donors, and the results are there for all to see. Drawing the plan is the easier part of the process, the challenge is to execute the plan.

In Japan, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry was an all powerful agency that is credited with fostering the Japan’s recovery and eventual economic superiority. To execute the plan Uganda will need such an overarching body that can coordinate the plan but can also exert influence on other government bodies in the context of the plan.

In addition, the plan will need champions, with evangelical zeal. The improvement of the welfare of Ugandans as the end-goal goes beyond a job this is a mission, that will require single-minded individuals who have totally bought in the long-term vision.

Finally, this plan should be kept out of the hands of partisan politicians.
The spirit of the plan means it should be the bedrock of any politician’s plans for this country.

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