Rwanda Sets Ambitious Targets to Boost Growth

Go Forward and TDA (U) presidential candidate, more about more about John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has revealed that his group is not in the presidential race as a matter of participation but to take over government after the next 2016 general elections.

This was during the launch of the group’s National Campaign Team, more about order as well as the National Task Force at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Ndeeba Kampala.

Mbabazi noted that through organization of all its structures from village levels, seek the group has exhibited readiness to take over government.

“Recently most people used to say that Mbabazi has got no structures, but we did disprove them. In the recent past they have tried to dismantle our structures but failed.”

He added, “We have built an extensive next world of 40 foot soldiers at village level. We are prepared to take over government; we have fielded a formidable force of fighters to contest for various elective positions.”

“We fielded a total of 297 candidates and as an alliance we have 345 candidates for 406 seats. We have left only 61 seats for the other side. We have a total of 72 district chairperson candidates, 700 District councilors, 720 LCIII Chairpersons and 1425 LCIII councilors.”

The Go Forward candidate noted at the conference that given that president Museveni won by 68.4 percent of only 39 percent registered voters currently and with the 2m youthful voters, he was voted by just the minority

Hon. Matia Kasaija, cheap Minister of Finance, ambulance Planning and Economic Development on Monday signed an agreement with ASB Group of Companies at the Ministry’s Boardroom to establish a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Kaweweta, Nakaseke district as part of Government efforts to industrialise the economy.


Hon. Matia Kasaija said the agreement ushers in a critical investment in manufacturing and agribusiness, particularly livestock and meat production in Uganda.

“The Project will accelerate infrastructure development, create 15,000 – 20,000 jobs, increase on productivity, technological transfer, and is projected to cause a GDP growth of the Ugandan economy,” he said.

In Uganda, the Kaweweta Special Economic Zone will be the first of its kind. However these SEZs have been in existence; in East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda have had such zones.

The Uganda Free Zones Authority which was established in 2014, has been negotiating with the ASB Group to develop the SEZ in Nakaseke.

The Zone will be a specially demarcated duty free enclave for the purpose of production, processing, packaging and export of agribusiness products.

Free Zones are generally regarded as controlled geographic areas where goods are landed, handled, manufactured or reconfigured, and re-exported without the intervention of the customs authorities.

Mr Sitki Ayan, the Chairman of ASB Group said, ‘Our main target is to turn Kaweweta Free Zone into Uganda’s primary gate-way for the entry of FDI, and there will be economic spill-over effects to the national economy.’

He added that the project will attract local farmers to contract farming formula and will bring in about 200 entities into the Kaweweta Special Economic Zone.

Richard Jabo, Executive Director of Uganda Free Zones Authority said the policy objectives of Government in adopting Free Zones schemes was to increase Uganda’s export potential and increase jobs, thereby reducing the current trade deficit.

Turkish based ASB Group of Companies plan to invest in the livestock, coffee, cotton and other agro based processing which they will export to the European, Middle East and other international markets, helping to boost Uganda’s economy.

It has extensive international experience in managing and operating; agribusiness, transportation, trading, investment, oil, gas and engineering services around the world.
Rwanda Rwanda’s Finance Minister Claver Gatete has listed land shortage, drugs poor nutrition and less pension savings among working class as some of the challenges which government will address to achieve goals set in the Vision 2020.

Gatete observed that in adequate electricity was negatively affecting economic growth while poor quality agricultural output continues to hurt export and household revenues.

He called for mechanized agriculture and irrigation schemes to empower farmers obtain high yield products.

Speaking at the 13th National Dialogue in Kigali on Tuesday, site Gatete said the country’s per capita income has grown from $146 in 1994 to $718 in 2014. Life expectancy in Rwanda now stands at 64 years.

Gatete excited the audience when he revealed that 91 percent of mothers give birth in hospitals – bringing down mortality rates considerably.

Graced by all Rwandans from all walks of the life, the annual Umushyikirano allows people to ask their leaders to address issues that affect them.

Chaired by President Kagame, the discussion is broadcast live on television, radio stations and social media platforms.

Gatete explained Rwanda is the best place to be a woman in Africa and 6th globally – citing the global competitiveness report.

He further revealed that Rwanda is the most improved country globally in human development since 1990. On trade, Gatete said Rwf 15bn is spent on importing second hand clothes, urging heavy investment in the textile industry to address this challenge and create jobs for the young people.

Gatete, however noted that Rwanda is the easiest place to do business and that the government is the most efficient in Africa and 7th globally.

In regard to shortage of land, Gatete proposed that a policy be put in place to ensure vertical construction of residential buildings.

“We are 12 million people and the population continues growing but the size of our land remains the same,” said Gatete.

He said 146,000 jobs are created every year but that government is eyeing 200,000 employment opportunities. The session saw several people ask government to extend tarmac roads to some rural areas.


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