Entrepreneurs urged to seize budget opportunities

By ABCafrica reporter

Ugandan entrepreneurs have been called upon to seize opportunities put in place by the 2017/18 budget.

Speaking during a dfcu Bank post budget breakfast at Kampala Serena Hotel last Tuesday, Mr Edgar Isingoma, a senior partner at KMPG, said the Shs4 trillion allocations towards Works and Transport presents opportunities for the local businesses.

“The economy is not dead, we have a growing economy. The allocation to infrastructure is an opportunity,” he said, calling upon businesses to be cautious and review their business models and make sure they can move forward and withstand the tough economic times.

Mr Isingoma also said the public procurement law is being amended to promote local content which will allow businesses to benefit from the large infrastructure projects such as the Standard Gauge Railway and the oil refinery.

The Background to the Budget Report says the economy is estimated to have grown by 3.9 per cent during 2016/17, lower than 4.7 per cent recorded in the previous year.

Economic experts have urged Ugandans to seize opportunities that government will create through the new budget.

The decline in growth was attributed to a marginal increase in the budgets for agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors and the prolonged drought across the country.

Mr Gideon Badagawa, the executive director Private Sector Foundation Uganda, said the budget strategy was good, adding that stakeholders should put their hands together to mitigate any forthcoming challenges. 

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