Government to Operationalize Wildlife Compensation

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:22

In October 2022, Government officially started operationalisation of the Wildlife Fund to compensate victims of human-wildlife conflict. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) put aside 2 percent of its revenue collections amounting to 900m, which constitutes part of the fund to support the compensation scheme.

In an effort to give force to the compensation scheme, the Uganda Wildlife (Compensation Scheme) regulations 2022 No. 65 were gazetted on 5th of August 2022 and that the Uganda Wildlife (Revenue Sharing) Regulations, 2022 No. 65 were equally gazetted on the same day.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certifies Three National Parks in Uganda

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:21

With a combined area of 211,100 ha, three national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP), and Kibale National Park (KNP) were certified under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for management by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). This exercise started in 2018 when FSC launched the National Forest Stewardship Standard of the Republic of Uganda.

UPDF Commissions Biometric System to streamline personnel accountability at work

Submitted by on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 03:00

In September 2022, the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) of the UPDF commissioned and launched the biometrics systems and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Identity Cards at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA) Headquarters at Mbuya. The CDF applauded the Chieftaincy of Integrated Resource Management Information System (CIRMIS) for the upgrade made on the biometrics. The upgrade was cited to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the system thus improving work processes and service delivery. The CIRMIS seeks to streamline personnel accountability at work.

Government steps up to improve infrastructure in the country to stimulate growth

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 17:13

Government continues to prioritize infrastructure development as an enabler of Uganda’s industrialization agenda by providing productive infrastructure for job and wealth creation. The Parish Development Model under the Infrastructure and Economic Services pillar places emphasis provision of necessary infrastructure to spur economic activities at the parish.

Uganda wins three Gold medals in Belgrade, Serbia

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 16:53

Uganda registered excellent performance at the World Schools Sports Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, with a collection of three gold medals in September 2022. The athletics team powered to a three-gold and one bronze haul. Uganda’s other good performances were in chess, basketball, badminton, table tennis and swimming, where Uganda’s basketball 3*3 team beat France (9-3) and India (9-6) respectively. Facilitating the junior team to these championships indicates Government’s strategic move to identify, develop and mentor the young talents.

Government launches the Education Sustainable Development (ESD) 2030 Framework

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 16:51

Government launched the Education Sustainable Development (ESD) Framework in October, 2022. The framework will contribute to the acquisation of knowledge and skills necessary for sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, among others. The framework will also facilitate aligning education with local contexts as envisioned by target 4.7 of SDG 4 (Quality Education).

Uganda receives a leadership award for the implementation of the spotlight initiative

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 16:50

Uganda received a leadership award at the Mexico-Cancun Symposium in September 2022 for the implementation of the Spotlight Initiative. The initiative seeks to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls in Uganda.Uganda through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development excelled with its interventions on ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), domestic violence, and strengthening systems among others.

Uganda records significant drop in mother to child HIV Infections

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 16:48

Uganda recorded a significant drop in mother to child HIV infections from 30% over two decades ago to 2.8%. The decline was attributed to the increase in access to HIV Prevention and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services including; antenatal care attendance, HIV testing and nevirapine prophylaxis. Eliminating HIV mother-to-child transmission will enable the country to attain an AIDS-free generation.

Uganda’s Coffee exports for 12 months ending April 2022 increased by 10 percent in quantity and 51 percent in value

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 16:14
  • The increase is attributed to the coffee road map and its detailed, plan to increase its current production of 402,000 tons of coffee to 1.2 million tons annually by 2025. The National Coffee Act, 2021 is also expected to enhance production and productivity by increasing total export value of processed agricultural commodities such as coffee, tea, fish, dairy, meat, and maize (and its products).

Software application launched to enable Uganda Police Force fight crime.

Submitted by on Tue, 11/08/2022 - 14:21

Uganda Police Force (UPF) launched a software application, dubbed UPFMobi App, after a similar one was removed following ownership wrangles. The application aims at helping members of the public access police services, report crimes and seek help. The system was first launched in 2018 but had system glitches affected its effectiveness. With the volume of crimes reported to Police decreasing from 215,224 cases reported in 2019 to 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020, the app seeks to play a pivotal role in strengthening UPF’s capacity in  reducing crime in the medium-term.