Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development has signed a financing agreement for the Sector Reform and Performance Contract (SRPC) with European Union worth Shs285 billion.
The funds will be used to fund the Justice and Accountability Reforms (JAR) in the Country which are key for the country to develop.
The specific objective of the Action is to improve the governance of public funds, including the mobilisation, strategic allocation and efficient use of public resources, for improved service delivery. It will be implemented through the Justice, Law and Order (JLOS) and Accountability sectors and is expected to enhance their synergies.
The signing of the grant was done by the Uganda’s Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija on behalf of the government of Uganda and Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, the head of European delegation in Uganda.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, the minister applauded the European Countries for supporting the country’s Justice Law and order sector which he said plays big role towards supporting the country to achieve economic development.
“Strong and transparency Justice System is highly needed in each country because justice Law and order sectors lower the cost of doing business in the country; no single investor will want to invest in a country where the judicial system is corrupt — that is why we need more support to ensure that the system is strong,” the Minister said.
He added that justice and Accountability reform interventions also enhance state resilience and Institutional capacities to reduce public sector corruption which has a big impact towards the implementation of Government programs.
The Minister used the occasion to warn accounting officers from the relevant Government agencies that are going to benefit from the grants to ensure that there’s value for Money.
“The Accounting officers of Ministry Departments and Agencies responsible for JAR performance indicators will be accountable for achieving the above objectives. The National Authorizing officer will convene quarterly meetings with all relevant MDAs in order to monitor progress on performance indicators and specific conditions,” he assured the EU delegation.
In his message, the Head of EU delegation in Uganda Ambassador Attilio Pacifici said EU will continue to work with the government of Uganda especially in supporting progress towards the objectives of National Development programme 11 of which JAR is a key sector.
The Ambassador said when the resources are used in a transparent manner it will help Government to overcome some challenges the accountability authorities are grappling with.
“As European Union we shall measure the government’s performance of key indicators such as reduction in case backlog and an increased automation of courts in the judiciary, Uganda’s preparedness for membership in the Extractive Industries Transparency initiatives and also increased accessibility to legal services by the general public,” Pacifici said.
Other conditions attached to the grant include Human rights compliance with in the Justices Law and Order sector (JLOS).
Some of the Government agencies that will be benefit from the grants include, The Uganda police, Courts of Judicature, office of the Inspector General of Government, Directorate of Public Prosecution among other agencies in the JLOS.