By Kampala Post Reporter
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has requested the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to establish an office of a Resident Representative in Uganda.
This, she says, will make the processes of project implementation quicker and enable Uganda to easily meet the stipulated timelines for the IDB funded projects.
Mrs. Janet Museveni, who was meeting an IDB High Level Mission on Friday, attributed the delayed effectiveness of some projects to the long time it takes for approvals to be made from Jeddah Saudi Arabia.
“If we had the IDB Resident Representative’s office here in Uganda, it would quicken all the processes for the projects”, she argued.
The State Minister for Primary Education Mrs. Rosemary Seninde plus senior officials from the Education and Sports Ministry led by the Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza and a representative of the Ministry of Finance also attended the meeting at State House Nakasero.
The IDB Mission led by the Director General Country Relations and Services Dr. Walid Addelwahab is in Uganda to discuss the best way forward for the redesigned Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Support Project under the IDB Financing Phase III. Other members of the team are Dr. Issahaq Umar Iddrisu the IDB Manager for Eastern, Central and Southern Africa and Mr. Bah Aly Bah IDB Country Manager for Uganda.
Mrs. Janet Museveni said Government discourages the delayed start of projects and now advocates and emphasizes efficient planning before access of any funds. She welcomed the IDB’s flexibility in allowing advance procurement to save time and prevent lingering projects.
Dr. Walid Addelwahab who is on his first visit to Uganda said he is very proud about the IDB’s relationship with Uganda’s Education sector which he described as excellent compared to other sectors.
He revealed that the new President of the Islamic Development Bank H.E. Dr. Bandar M. H. Hajjar is promoting decentralization of its operations in the process creating regional hubs for Asia, Latin America and Africa. He said the regional hub for East and Northern Africa which may be operational in 2 years’ time will be located in Kampala Uganda.
The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Sports Alex Kakooza explained that the proposed TVET Support Project (IDB Financing Phase III) was approved by Government and implementation will start effective January 2019.
The four project components include improving access to Business Technical and Vocational Education Training (BTVET) by developing another 9 Technical Institutes. These are Kitovu (Masaka), Rutunku (Sembabule), Nalwire (Busia), Nkoko (Mayuge), Kabale Technical Institute, Birembo ( Kibaale), Minakulu (Oyam), Moyo Technical Institute and Moroto (Napak).
Other components of the Project are improving the quality of BTVET through improvement of instructor training and student internship in industry, BTVET Management capacity building which will include developing management Information systems in the 9 beneficiary Technical institutes and the fourth component is support to Project management.