To consolidate and accelerate growth in the country, in 2007, the government approved the Comprehensive National Development Planning Framework Policy (CNDPF) which provides for the development of a 30-year vision to be implemented through three 10-years plan.
National Development Plan (NDPS), Sector Investment Plans (SIPs), Local Government Development Plans (LGDPs) annual works plans and budgets. These led to the cabinet to approve a national vision statement titled “A Transformed Uganda Society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years.”
The National Planning Authority in consultation with other government institutions and stakeholders thus developed a Uganda Vision 2040 to operationalize this vision statement.
Uganda Vision 2040 builds on the progress that has been made in addressing the strategic bottlenecks that have constrained Uganda’s socio-economic development since her independence.
These bottlenecks include ideological disorientation, a weak private sector, little human resources, inadequate infrastructure, a small market, lack of industrialization, underdeveloped service sectors, and underdevelopment in agriculture among others
It is therefore with great pleasure that Vision 2040 aspirations are to change the country from a predominantly low income to a competitive upper middle-income nation within 30 years with a per capita income of USD 9500.
The vision sets out the goals and targets to be achieved to realize this desired socio-economic transformation.
The aspirations in Uganda vision 2040 were arrived at following a nationwide consultation process, and it reflects the collective understanding and determination of Ugandans.
The Uganda Vision 2040 is conceptualized around strengthening the fundamentals of the economy to harness the abundant resources and opportunities around the country. The opportunities include oil and gas, tourism, minerals, ICT, business, sufficient labor force, geographical location and trade, water resource, industrialization and agriculture.
This vision also includes building infrastructures for energy, transport, water, oil gas, ICT, Technology, engineering and innovation, land for urban development, human resources, peace, security, and defense.
The implementation of this Vision 2040 will largely depend on the actions and measures that the government shall undertake in its short and medium-term national development plans which some are already taking place.
It is from this backdrop that President Museveni in 2017 called upon all Ugandans to collectively show commitment and dedication towards the realization of the aspirations in the Uganda Vision 2040.
This requires us to have the right attitudes and mindsets as Ugandans, particularly towards work, to improve our competitiveness and collectively participate in the implementation of this vision to ensure the country moves forward.