25 Nov 2019
Appendix: Relevant Government Bodies in Uganda
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is charged with the responsibility of coordinating, monitoring, regulating and supervising environmental management in the country. NEMA spearheads the development of environmental policies, laws, regulations, standards and guidelines.
The mission of the Ministry is to develop and promote a competitive and export-led private sector through accelerating industrial development for economic growth. It aims to do this by formulating, reviewing and supporting policies, strategies, plans and programmes that promote and ensure expansion and diversification of trade, cooperatives, environmentally sustainable industrialisation and appropriate technology development.
The Ministry provides policy guidance in the development and exploitation of the energy, mineral, oil and gas resources; creates an enabling environment in order to attract investment in the development, provision and utilisation of energy and mineral resources; and acquires, processes and interprets technical data in order to establish the energy and mineral resource potential of the country.
The Ministry derives its mandate and functions from the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and other related subordinate laws, including; the Budget Act (2001), the Public Finance and Accountability Act (2003) and acts establishing agencies and auxiliary organisations. Accordingly, the Ministry plays a pivotal role in the co-ordination of development planning, mobilisation of public resources and ensuring effective accountability for the use of such resources.
The Ministry has the overall responsibility of the development, managing, and regulating water and environment resources in Uganda. This includes developing legislations, policies and standards.
The UIA was set up under the Investment Code 1991 and is a statutory agency mandated to initiate and support measures that enhance investment in Uganda, and advise the government on appropriate policies conducive for investment promotion and growth. As an investment promotion agency, the UIA mainly markets investment opportunities, promotes packaged investment projects, ensures local and foreign investors have access to information, especially about the business environment so as to make more informed business decisions; and offers business support, advisory and advocacy services.
Ministry of Works and Transport
The Ministry engages in monitoring and providing transport infrastructure support functions, regulatory functions and research activities related to roads, rail, water or air transport and other engineering works.
The Ministry is responsible for the provision of policy direction, national standards and coordination of all matters concerning lands, housing and urban development. It is responsible for putting in place policies and initiating laws that ensure sustainable land management, promote sustainable housing for all and foster orderly urban development in the country.
Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
The Ministry is charged with the development and implementation of the Social Development Investment Plan with the mandate to empower communities to harness their potential through cultural growth, skills development and labour productivity for sustainable and gender responsive development. The ministry promotes issues of labour productivity and employment, social protection, gender equality and equity, human rights, culture and empowerment.
The Ugandan Manufacturers Association looks to promote and protect the interests of industrialists and manufacturers in Uganda. It aims to shape national and regional policies and lead the industrial sector towards sustainable global competitiveness.
Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI) is the oldest nation-wide umbrella organisation for the private sector in Uganda. Its main objective is to promote and protect the interests of the business community, particularly its members who are represented in all sectors of the economy. The various sectors include internal and external trade, industry, tourism and transport services. UNCCI focuses on advocating for appropriate economic policies and interventions that encourage a favourable business and investment climate, and working with its members to enhance their capacity to grow and run efficiently.