The Uganda budget for the Financial year 2021/22 was read by Hon. Amos Lugoloobi, the Member of Parliament for Ntenjeru North on 10th June 2021.
It was delivered under the theme: Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Employment and Wealth Creation.
Below is the full Uganda budget speech.
Your Excellency the President,
Your Excellency the Vice President,
The Right Honourable Speaker of Parliament,
Your Lordship the Chief Justice,
The Right Hon. Deputy Speaker of Parliament,
The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Honourable Ministers-Designate,
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Your Excellencies, Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Development Partners,
Distinguished Guests and Ladies and Gentlemen.
- Mr. Speaker, in accordance with Article 155(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and the Public Finance Management (PFM) Act 2015; and in exercise of the power delegated to me by H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda, I have the honour to present the Budget Speech for the Financial Year 2021/22 Budget.
- The Public Finance Management Act 2015 requires that the budget is approved by Parliament prior to the beginning of the financial year. This being a year when general elections were held, the budget for Financial Year 2021/22 was approved by the 10th Parliament on 7th May 2021. My statement today is therefore, a summary of the budget as approved by that Parliament. I thank all the Honourable Members of that Parliament, for the excellent cooperation in the preparation and approval of the Budget.
- Mr. Speaker Sir, Ugandans have once again renewed the mandate of the NRM Government. I heartily congratulate His Excellency the President upon his victory. I also extend congratulations to you, Mr. Speaker and Madam Deputy Speaker, for your election to the high office of Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and to you my colleagues the Honourable Members of Parliament for your election to the 11th Parliament.
- Mr. Speaker, over the last year, the Corona Virus pandemic has severely impacted the health, economic and social status of Ugandans. Several aspects of life were adversely impacted, though evidence shows resilience and we should congratulate ourselves as a country. According to a study by the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) and the International Growth Centre (IGC), only 10% of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Uganda remained open during the lockdown, and 93% of all Micro, Small and Medium enterprises were back in operation by October 2020. In addition, 90% of employees of private sector firms who were laid off during the lockdown were subsequently hired back after lockdown, and only 6.5% suffered permanent layoffs.
- Mr. Speaker, the economic shocks that we have faced have, interestingly, also presented us with several opportunities. We have improved efficiency in public spending by using digital solutions, thus reducing the absolute need to travel abroad and inland, and physically attend meetings and workshops. Secondly, in response to the global supply chain disruptions due to the COVID19 pandemic, several firms switched production lines to the manufacture of items that were previously imported, such as masks and sanitizers which are critical in containing the spread of the virus.
- In addition, several locally sourced e-Commerce applications have been developed to facilitate transactions during periods of restricted movements. These, among other innovative initiatives, are homegrown and can enhance self-sufficiency, and advance our strategy for import substitution and export promotion.
- Mr. Speaker, while Ugandans have withstood the consequences of the pandemic, its second wave is unfolding, with little certainty as to its severity and impact. This is a most serious threat to our existence today. I appeal to every single one of us to protect themselves from the virus, by strictly following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). I also urge people of Uganda to urgently get vaccinated.
- Mr. Speaker, the overarching goal of the NRM government over the new term of office, is to drive faster and inclusive socio-economic transformation, building on the progress we have attained over the years. The key to rapid socio-economic transformation in Uganda, rests on Industrialisation mainly based on agriculture, boosting private sector business, and ensuring the wellbeing of Ugandans together with the development of their skills for productive work. The budget for the next Financial Year 2021/22, is therefore premised on the theme Industrialisation for Inclusive Growth, Employment and Wealth Creation.
- Mr. Speaker, in this budget statement, I will do the following: –
i. Report on Uganda’s Economic and Social progress over the last five years.
ii. Present the Economic Growth Strategy and Priorities for Financial Year
2021/22 and the medium-term; and iii. Provide the Financing Framework for the Financial Year 2021/22. II. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROGRESS
- Mr. Speaker, the NRM Government continues to build a strong foundation for economic and social transformation. Significant achievements have been registered, highlights of which I now want to provide. More details on performance can be found in the Background to the Budget
- Mr. Speaker, over the last year the economy has remained resilient and is on a recovery path, amidst the ongoing pandemic and other shocks experienced over time. Economic growth for this financial year is projected at 3.3%, rising from 3.0% last financial year. The economy has grown significantly over the last five years. The size of the economy has grown from Shs. 108.5 Trillion in 2016/17 to Shs 148.3 Trillion in current prices by June 2021, equivalent to US$ 40 billion.
- Mr. Speaker, the Industry sector’s contribution to the economy has increased slightly from 26.0% in 2016/17 to 27.4% in 2020/21. However, manufacturing has significantly diversified into many new products such as ethanol from sugar, and casein and powdered milk from dairy. In addition, Uganda’s products now have a widespread regional presence. For instance, in the pharmaceutical industry, CIPLA Quality Chemical Industries Limited (CIPLAQCIL), now has a footprint in West and Southern Africa. In the steel industry, Roofings Limited has become a premier source of Steel and Plastic in East and Central Africa.
- Mr. Speaker, scientific research and innovation is now transforming Uganda’s industrial base. For instance, the Kiira Automotive Industry that will produce 5,000 vehicles per year starting with Buses and Trucks is now 78% complete. Together with Luwero Industries, Kiira Motors has developed the Kayoola EVS, a premium zero-emissions City Bus with a range of 300 kilometres, before the need to recharge its batteries. Two silk processing factories in Sheema and Mukono have acquired State-of-the-Art Silk Yarn processing equipment to produce high quality silk products. The silk industry is projected to earn Uganda US$100 million annually, and will create at least 150,000 jobs by 2030. The National Research and Innovation Programme has also supported the development of Makapads – a non-irritating herbal sanitary pad, a low-cost ventilator to assist breathing for patients with respiratory conditions including COVID19, and a highly efficient Coronavirus Antibody Test Kit, among others.
- Mr. Speaker, the mining industry continues to be a major contributor to Uganda’s economy. The contribution of the Mining and Quarrying industry to GDP increased from 1.1% in 2016/17 to 2.3% in 2020/21. This development is a result of the use of online mineral licensing, the biometric registration and training of 13,000 artisanal miners, and the construction of regional mineral beneficiation centers. More mineral beneficiation centers are under construction such as the ones in Fort Portal, which is 65% complete, and Ntungamo which is 90% complete. The selection of an investor to revive the Kilembe Mines Project, under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), has also commenced.
- Mr. Speaker the Agricultural sector’s contribution to the economy has stagnated at around 23% over the last five years, which requires increasing the pace of industrialisation. Nonetheless, there has been increased production of agricultural commodities, including for export. For instance, Coffee production increased from 4.6 million 60-kg bags in Financial Year 2015/16 to 8.1 million bags in the Financial Year 2020/21. Over the same period, fish catches increased from 449,000 to 600,000 tonnes. Milk production has also increased from 2.1 billion to 2.6 billion litres, over the same period.
External Trade and Tourism
- Mr. Speaker, international trade continued to flourish despite the COVID19 pandemic. Merchandize exports grew by 4.7% increasing from US$ 4.1 billion in 2019 to US$ 4.3 billion in 2020. Agricultural export values grew by 19% from US$ 1.4 billion in 2018/19 to US$ 1.8 billion in 2019/20. Happily, Uganda’s merchandise trade deficit has significantly narrowed from US$ 2,866 million in 2018/19 to US$ 2,365 million in 2019/20, a reduction of US$ 500 million in one year.
- Coffee remains the leading agricultural export earning US$ 497.4 million in the Financial Year 2019/20. Dairy exports fetched US$ 204.5 million, while Tea exports earned US$ 71 million in Financial Year 2019/20. Fish exports earnings increased from US$ 121 million to US$ 227 million, over the same period.
- Mr. Speaker, annual foreign exchange earnings from tourism increased from US$ 1.35 million in 2015 to US$ 1.6 billion in 2018. Annual tourist arrivals also increased from 1.3 million to 1.5 million during the same period. This is a result of the sustained investments in the development and rehabilitation of tourism infrastructure and product diversification. Unfortunately, the outbreak of COVID19 has caused a huge setback to tourism, as we all know.
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