If put under presidency, Ggoobi says the authority can garner more power and relevance because ministries and government agencies can realize that defying it tantamount to defying the president.
She said that when National Planning Authority was created, the government didn’t give it all the planning powers and that despite its existence, the Ministry of Finance still wields a larger portion of the planning power.
The two economists spoke during a discussion of a draft paper titled “National Planning in Uganda: Retrospect and Prospects” by Makerere University Economic Policy Research Centre at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.
The paper which is meant to guide the drafting of the third National Development Plan (2020-2025) gives a historical perspective of Uganda’s development plans since independence. Uganda first introduced five-year development plans after independence that was later abandoned by the Idi Amin in 1970s.
From 1980 to 1997, Uganda’s development was anchored by Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) initiated by World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).