The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said that PRDP 2 successor programme will focus on consolidating the achievements gained during the first and second phases of PRDP implementation while addressing the development gaps in order to uplift the socio-economic status of Northern Uganda and Karamoja.
Dr Rugunda said consolidating the gains under PRDP 1 and 2 calls for sustained functionality of the established investments, enhanced livelihoods and improved sub-regional planning and integration of all categories of the population.
The Premier made the remarks while opening the 4th PRDP 2 Policy Monitoring Committee meeting at the office of the President Conference hall on Friday.
PRDP 3 is expected to be launched by June 2015 while the effectiveness date for the US$ 130 million NUSAF 3 project covering 55 districts is December 2015.
Rugunda said the NRM Government was fully aware that Northern Uganda like other parts of the country was still experiencing challenges related to land, youth unemployment, integration of ex -combatants in society and domestic violence.
“Government remains committed and will continue to support local governments in implementing projects that meet the communitities’ needs,” the Premier said.
He said the NRM Government will sustain the holistic approach to bring Northern Uganda and Karamoja to the same level of development with the rest of the country, adding that Government will also continue to ensure transparency and accountability for all funds for Northern Uganda and other parts of the country.
Premier Rugunda also launched the economic recovery analysis study for Northern Uganda which found out that the North’s potential far exceeds its current output and that Northern Uganda had comparative advantage in primary commodities, minerals, energy and tourism.
The First lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni said the NRM Government was determined to maintain and sustain the peace and security in Karamoja as a precursor to growth and development.
She said Karamoja development should be refocused to market oriented production and value addition through specific skills training to promote competitiveness.
“There is now no doubt that Karamoja is a stable, secure and safe as any other part of our country. Therefore the people of Karamoja and all Ugandans as well as visitors and Partners in the region can go on with their normal business without any fear, shadow of doubt or uncertainty whatsoever,” said Janet Museveni.
The Development Partners in their joint statement said they will continue to work with Government on the PRDP3 roadmap adding that they will continue supporting the development of Northern Uganda.
Some of the recommendations that came out to shape PRDP 3 by the various stakeholders included the need to focus on new and emerging conflict drivers such as land, youth unemployment, domestic violence and border disputes.
They also agreed that PRDP3 should focus on consolidating peace and security, economic revitalization and development as well as enhancement of services to reduce vulnerability to poverty.
The meeting that brings together Ministers, Members of Parliament, Development Partners, District leaders and civil society also agreed to strengthen local government capacities to deliver services to the people among other recommendations.