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Speaker calls for implementation of PPP Law

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has called for the speedy implementation of the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) Law.

The PPPs Act became operational on October 1st, 2015. Its objective is to provide a suitable environment for government's partnership with the private sector.

Kadaga, who was opening a capacity building workshop on PPP for Members of Parliament at Protea Hotel in Kampala, said there was also need to fast track the regulations to implement the law. The workshop was today, Wednesday 31st January 2018.

For a long time we have been told that the regulations are in final draft; we need to see these regulations so that the law can be implemented, said Kadaga. She noted the need to urgently put an end to the poor infrastructure in Africa, saying that this is an impediment to social economic transformation. She attributed the poor infrastructure in Uganda to the high construction costs.

Many roads would have been constructed if we were planning and spending carefully, but it is disturbing to note that the most expensive roads [in this region] are in Uganda. The PPPs must establish why it is expensive to construct roads in our country, said the Speaker.

The Minister of State Finance (General Duties), Gabriel Ajedra said that the Ministry will increase funding to the PPP Unit to enable it effectively execute its mandate. He however called for political commitment if the PPPs are to succeed.

We hope that we shall be able to build a common understanding of the PPPs Law, said Ajedra.

The British High Commissioner to Uganda, Peter West pointed out that PPP is the best model solution to shortfalls in financing infrastructure development. He reiterated the willingness of the United Kingdom to support Uganda in strengthening public private partnerships.

Public Private Partnerships are part of the process that the government of the United Kingdom is happy to support, said Blackburne.

The PPPs Act is meant to regulate the procurement, implementation, maintenance, operation, management and monitoring of PPPs from project conception to conclusion.

Source: Parliament of Uganda

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