According to Professor Eria Hisali, the University representative, the training will address inefficiencies among government officials who fail to sustain projects because of poor preparation and unskilled project analysis.
A Public Investment Management centre to
train civil servants in managing government projects has been opened at Makerere University.
The trainees at the centre will study financial and economic analysis and will be uniquely
tailored to address the needs of projects in Uganda. The centre of excellence is a product of a
grant to Makerere University worth 1 Million Dollars, through the World Bank.
According to Professor Eria Hisali, the University representative, the training
will address inefficiencies among government officials who fail to sustain
projects because of poor preparation and unskilled project analysis.
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Hannington Ashaba, the Commissioner for Project Analysis and Public Investment
at the Ministry of Finance, a core partner with the Centre for Excellence noted
that the government has been facing challenges with the implementation of projects,
disbursement of funds, and capacity to attract resources for investment.
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from the World Bank indicate that every dollar put towards public investment
in Uganda between 2011-2017 generated only 0.8 dollars of economic activity.
Martindale, the Growth Prosperity and Climate Team Leader from World Bank said
that she was excited about the launch of the center, which had already been
able to attract more funding in the three years of its existence.
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She explained that with its formal establishment it would attract more trainees
which would make the country a more credible candidate for investment funds
Since 2017, the Government of Uganda has undertaken several reforms aimed at
strengthening public investment management in the country.