The European Union (EU) has asked Ugandan government to shift focus from infrastructure development to social and economic development.
The call was made by Attilio Pacifici, the EU Ambassador to Uganda during the commemoration of the Europe Day held on Thursday 9th May, 2019 at the EU residence in Kololo.
Europe Day is observed annually on May 9th to mark the presentation of the Schuman Declaration in 1950, which proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, the forerunner to the European Union.
Pacifici said that Uganda had improved on infrastructure development and it is now time to address economic development like labour issues, inflation, energy, environmental issues, and markets among others.
He also said government should focus on culture, skills development, and social protection among others.
He says Government’s National Development Plan III does not recognize the importance of social and economic development.
In response to the EU, the guest of honor, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said it is true Uganda has focused on infrastructure but believes it will create opportunities for Uganda.
He commended the EU for integration, saying it has led to better unity and partnership.
Pacifici also announced a 84 billion shillings budget support in which Government will decide its utilization within the justice and accountability sector.
Pacifici says the money is part of the 285 billion shillings signed in 2017 by Government of Uganda and EU.