“Governance is about participation, transparency, accountability, freedom of the press, religion while economic development is about increasing the standard of living”, explained Prof. Waswa Balunywa, the Principal of Makerere University Business School at the opening of the MUBS 9th Annual International Leadership Conference in Entebbe.
The four (4) day conference was held from June 18, – 21, 2019, under the Theme:”Economic Development. Does Governance matter?”
Relating to Uganda’s history, Prof. Balunywa explained that in 1873 governance was established in Uganda and the British ruled the country without the issue of transparency and accountability. From 1962-1986, the economic growth rate was about 4% and by 1979, during Amin’s regime, the economy had declined drastically.
The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF), Chief Political Commissar Brig. Henry Matsiko challenged African leaders to prioritize the future of the African continent. He made a presentation at the 9th MUBS Annual International Leadership Conference at Entebbe on June 20, 2019.
Commending MUBS for promoting leadership in the country, Brig. Matsiko noted that leaders have a role to play and they need to play this role by addressing Africa’s challenges which include; population of Africa, infrastructure, industrialization, service sectors, role of the state and private sectors among others.
Leaders should embrace economic transformation, addresses access to quality infrastructure, electricity and water to enable African countries to be competitive in business. He further emphasized the need for public-private sector collaboration to drive sustainable development.
Meanwhile the UPDF Representative in Parliament , Brig. Felix Kulayigye, stressed the need for citizens to have quality education. An increase in government spending on education would improve enrollment and the quality of learning in Ugandan schools, raising the human capital necessary to sustain productivity and economic growth. Education remains a cornerstone of success and is critical for attaining the knowledge and skills necessary for one to find a job or get into self-employment.
On the other hand, Former Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Winnie Kiiza noted that the key goals of the good governance agenda that is, empowerment, inclusion, participation, integrity, transparency, and accountability can be built into workable solutions, not because outsiders demand them, but because effective solutions require them. The blind pursuit of good governance has guided development efforts for too long. It is time to acknowledge what works and disregard what does not.
All citizens must have access to equal opportunities, however,it is also important for people to work to earn a living. Many young people are unemployed because they despise jobs. Students should also be very careful when it comes to choosing the courses they study at University. Some of those courses do not attract the employers.