The Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has inaugurated the new leadership of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF (PN) Uganda Chapter(*).
Kadaga presided over the inauguration ceremony during the first in a series of portfolio orientation dialogues between the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Government of Uganda and Members of the 9th Parliament who assumed office in May 2011. Delivering a keynote address on “The Role of Parliament in Promoting Development Effectiveness”, Kadaga underscored the importance of development partners working more closely with Parliament to deliver on the post- Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda. “A few days ago at the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Quinto, Ecuador, we discussed the role of Parliaments in designing the post 2015 sustainable development goals. It is very important for donors to realize that parliament is a key stakeholder in the development process", said Kadaga. The Speaker decried the practice several years ago when development partners and Government only involved Parliament at approval stage in the loan ratification process. “Loans used to be rushed through Parliament at the last minute with the Executive arguing that the facility would expire if not approved immediately. This greatly affected effectiveness of parliament scrutiny and it was quite frustrating that one could not contribute to the programs during their incubation.” While inaugurating the new PN leadership, Kadaga said she expected the forum to “be a tool of knowledge, information and dialogue on critical development issues.” The new PN Uganda Chapter leadership comprises, Hon Geofrey Ekanya, MP (Chairman), Hon. Theodore Ssekikubo, MP (Vice Chairman), Hon. Margaret Kiboijana, MP (Secretary), Hon Rosemary Seninde (Treasurer) and Hon. Haruna Kyeyune (Member - Publicity). Delivering a paper on aid effectiveness, the Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, emphasized the need for strengthening partnerships with the development partners using the partnership principles jointly adopted in 2003.