Policy and Legal

Parliament approved the Uganda National Examinations Bill, 2020

Submitted by on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 14:29

The Bill seeks to repeal the UNEB Act that was enacted in 1983 in order to meet the current needs and the long-term goals of Government in the Education sector. The Bill proposes tough penalties for anyone found guilty of exam malpractice. The offender is liable for a conviction to a fine not exceeding the approximate of shs.40 million or a term of imprisonment not exceeding ten years or both. These penalties are too heavy for a candidate or anyone to risk for the sake of malpractice; hence they should be able to reduce exam malpractice.

Parliament passed the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Bill, 2019

Submitted by on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 14:29

The Bill will see contributors aged 45 and above have mid-term access to their savings. Mid-term access provides for additional benefits and relief to members of the Fund before they reach the age prescribed by the law. Section 12 of the NSSF Act was also amended to provide for dual supervision of the Fund.

Intensification of grid connection to increase access to electricity: Electricity Connections Policy

Submitted by on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 14:28

Government reinstated the Electricity Connections Policy after its suspension due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. The policy which aims to connect 300,000 households annually to the national grid will drastically increase the share of the population with access to electricity to 60% by 2026. In turn, this is envisaged to contribute to household incomes and spurring economic activities resulting from the viability of business startups.

National Industrial Policy Launched

Submitted by on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 14:27

Government undertook a review of the National Industrial Policy 2008 to keep up with the emerging industrial developments. This resulted in preparation of a new industrial policy for the country. The goal of the National Industrial Policy 2020 is to double the manufacturing value added as a percentage of GDP from the 8.3 percent in 2018/19 to 16 percent in 2029/30 and increase industry sector contribution to GDP from 27.1 percent in 2018/19 to 31.7 percent in the next 10 years.

Government to Levy Tax on Fish Maw Export

Submitted by on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 14:20

Government approved an eight percent tax levy on fish maw export following passing of the Fish (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Government will charge Ugshs 70,000 as tax on every kilogramme of exported fish maws. In 2019, Uganda exported 740 tonnes of fish maws from which it earned $76m (Ugshs 281bn). A kilogramme of small fish maws costs Ugshs 160,000 while that of medium-sized maws costs between Ugshs 350,000 and Ugshs 800,000.