Government Merges Tourism, Agriculture and Works Agencies to Create Efficiency
Over the Years, the tax payer has asked informed questions as to the returns and results on their tax deductions, local and foreign investment. Amid speculation that one or two agencies would be shown the door, the government has merged of over 30 agencies and returned functions of more than 30 others to their mother ministries.
The Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda National Roads Authority, Uganda Investment Authority, Insurance Regulatory Authority, Uganda Wildlife Authority and the National Agricultural Research Organisation are among the prominent institutions which will be merged and transformed into departments under the respective line ministries.
According to impeccable sources, this is intended to reduce costs of doing business, stimulate efficiency, create more value on spend and generate returns. The 37% of the national budget which was shared by the aforementioned, . This translates to over sh10trillion of the sh29 trillion budget for the 2018/19 financial year.
For over a decade now, UNRA has been spending over sh3trillion annually. Agencies and authorities spend a substantial amount of the funds on staff salaries and allowances.
The ICT and national guidance minister, Frank Tumwebaze, said yesterday that the cabinet resolved to merge and return some agencies to the line ministries to promote efficiency and eliminate duplication and wasteful expenditures as well as facilitate the process of harmonizing salaries of public service.
However, over 30 other agencies, commissions and authorities have been retained. A decision was taken to retain ministries, according to the minister, which are engaged in the business of making money, and are not allocated funds in the national budget. All the nine public universities, which are funded by Government, will be retained.