2nd USSIA organises the 2nd Public-Private Dialogues

Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) is working with four (4) Private Sector Associations (PSAs) in Kiboga District (alongside 8 other PSAs from Mityana and Mukono Districts) in implementing the USAID-UKAID funded GAPP (Governance Accountability Participation and Performance) Program. These include: 1) Adventist Development Association (ADA) SACCO (ADA SACCO) – presently with over 965 entrepreneurs of whom over 500 are women; 2) Kiboga Boda Boda Association – presently with over 1,200 members (both riders and non-riders); 3) Kiboga Central Market Vendors Association – presently with over 1,000 members; and 4) Uganda Small Scale Industries Association, Kiboga Zone – presently with over 45 MSMEs. The GAPP program, among other engagement strategies, is building advocacy capacity and skills of members in these PSAs to facilitate an effective and meaningful dialogue with the local government officials for a better business environment and improved service delivery.

The private sector is a key driver of the local economy and source of local revenue. It is also a source of information to government for planning and development.

The 2nd Public-Private dialogue on improving the local business environment in Mityana , Mukono and Kiboga district were held on the 16th, 17th & 18th January 2017 respectively. As a mid-level platform for district-level dialogue and experience sharing on the business operating environment, it provided an opportunity to discuss key challenges as presented by the PSAs, jointly propose workable solutions and get commitment on actions by local government leaders aimed at fostering accountability and participation of the private sector in local governance.

Under the project’s core goal of “Promoting Private Sector Participation in Local Governance”, USSIA organized an interactive Private Sector/Local Government interface Meeting. From both the Private Sector and Local Government Sector perspectives, the panelists shared their experiences and insights on how to address the identified challenges and create a better business environment and improved service delivery.

In line with the core objective of ‘Promoting Private Sector Participation in local Governance’, the panel aimed at sharing local business environment challenges, propose workable solutions and commit on a roadmap aimed at a sustainable and meaningful engagement for an improved business environment and service delivery.

Specifically, the objectives of this PPDs included:

  • Agree on actions aimed at enhancing local government budget tracking and local revenue collections and expenditure transparency.
  • Exchanging and sharing knowledge and good practices for designing government sector-specific programs; and supporting citizen participation through simplified awareness campaigns.
  • Discuss the challenges around and agree on actions to overcome these to enable secure suitable land to develop a modern market, an Industrial Park and Common Facility Center to enhance household income levels, quality production and marketing of member products and services.
  • Exploring options and agree on a plan of action that shall result in increased resources and budget allocations to district’s health sub-sector targeting both the main hospital and health centers.
  • Agree on road map for following up on the all the above commitments with the different Local government officials.

 

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