Remarks by the Chairperson, Uganda Law Reform Commission, on the opening of the Budget Conference for FY 2019/20.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Members of the Commission

Invited guests

Members of staff

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Budget Conference for the FY 2019/20. Specifically, I wish to thank the Members of the Commission, the Deputy Senior Technical Advisor, JLOS and Invited guests for accepting our invitation to participate in this Budget Conference.

I wish to note that, this is the first time that the ULRC is holding the Budget Conference. The Budget Conference is usually the first step in the planning cycle where MDAs present their proposed interventions for implementation in the following financial year.

As you are all aware, the ULRC is mandated under Section 10 of the Uganda Law reform Commission Act, Cap 25 to study and keep under constant review the Acts and other laws comprising the laws of Uganda with a view to making recommendations for their systematic improvement, development, modernisation and reform.  

 

In fulfillment of its statutory mandate, the ULRC usually undertakes public consultations in order to ensure that the recommendations for legislative proposals made reflect the norms and values of the people of Uganda. This participation should however not come at the tail end of implementation but rather at the outset of the preparation of plans.

Indeed, one of the challenges that we have been grappling with in the recent past is the lack of sufficient participation by all stakeholders in the planning process, which has led to limited ownership of projects. One way to address this challenge is by ensuring inclusive participation by all in planning.

Therefore at the stage of identification of proposed projects for the Financial Year 2019/20, it is critical that the ULRC proposals are enriched with the views of all stakeholders. This is the justification for the Budget Conference.

I also wish to point out that that the ULRC proposals are informed by the relevant overarching national policies and institutional plans such as the Uganda Vision 2040, the Second National Development Plan (NDP II), the NRM Manifesto 2016-2021, the Justice Law and Order (JLOS) Sector Investment Plan IV, and the ULRC Strategic Plan.

It is our conviction that successful implementation of our ULRC workplans is hinged on inclusive participation by all in the planning process. This participation is not limited to ULRC members of staff but also our external stakeholders.

I appeal to all of you to provide us with your ideas on how to enrich the proposals that will be presented in this conference so that the workplan we shall finally come up with is owned by all of us.

Thank you,

 

Vastina Rukimirana Nsanze

CHAIRPERSON, UGANDA LAW REFORM COMMISSION

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