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Addressing the media at the event, Byarugaba said that securing of the license is further testimony that the Fund is prepared to operate in a competitive environment when the sector if fully liberalized.
“This is another milestone that confirms that we are ready and we are primed to maintain our position as market leaders in the sector. It is reaffirmation to our members that we are indeed ahead of potential competition,” he said.
“It is also a statement of confidence the regulator has in the Fund because we are one of the first operators to obtain a license. We will comply with all provisions of the URBRA,” he added.
Kasirye said they are working with NSSF to ensure that the Fund transitions smoothly into the new environment as per the URBRA Act.
The Act separates functions of a Scheme, Fund Management, Administration and Custodianship. This means that NSSF, which currently performs all functions, has to reorganize itself to perform one of the functions.
“As a regulator, we are pleased that NSSF has already started reorganizing itself to lawfully operate in an environment that the law creates and as a regulator, we will continuously work with the Fund,” Kasirye said.
NSSF recently launched a new brand and also held its first ever Annual Members Meeting.
Both events came at the back of an impressive operational and financial performance last Financial Year during which the Fund grew to Shs 3.1 trillion.
NSSF also declared 10 percent interest rate to its members, a total of Shs 202 billion paid into members’ accounts.
“Over all the Fund is growing by Shs 50bn a month. All these milestones show that we are indeed ready and we will still be the market leaders for the foreseeable future,” Byarugaba said.
He added that monthly contributions are now at an average of Shs 50 billon from 28 billion over two years ago.
Byarugaba said average interest income has increased to Shs 24 billion from 11 billion over two years ago.
Due to prudent management costs, the cost income ratio has improved to 18 percent from 37 percent over two years ago, a ration that is better than industry average.