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The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) recently concluded an Employment Diagnostic Analysis (EDA) in consultation with social partners and other key stakeholders. Validated on 25th April 2018, the EDA “aimed to understand the nature of the deficiency of productive employment and the context-specific constraints, challenges and opportunities for increasing productive employment through sustainable and inclusive job-rich growth as a basis for a sharper and more effective focus of policies and strategies on productive employment.”
The final EDA report summarises Uganda’s job-less growth which is assessed before turning to the nature of the growth and the stalled structural transformation in Uganda. One of the key conclusions of the EDA report is that in order to increase the living standards of Ugandans, productive structures of the Ugandan economy need to be transformed and as such, industry must play a central role in this transformation and a reoriented macroeconomic strategy around this remains key to any success. Nevertheless, the EDA falls short on providing rich-sectoral analyses on the employment potentials in job- rich sectors, which limitations are in part is attributed to the EDA methodology. It is hence not possible to identify, from the EDA, which sectors should be priority investment sectors and their jobs potentials.
It is against this background that the MGLSD, is proposing a cost extension of the EDA. This cost extension of the partnership will focus on conducting further sector analyses of not more than four key sectors. This proposed process for these in-depth and further sectorial analyses will hence examine the composition of growth in the selected sectors, from the perspective of the opportunities that the sectors have in generating inclusive growth and productive employment. This process will involve and engage key sector players from the selected sectors (from both public and private sector).
Together with a team of Consultants, the MGLSD has developed the technical note toward commencement of the said studies. Attached are the draft programme and concept note. You are hereby invited to send a representative to participate in the national technical consultative meeting with the aim of enriching the said concept note before the sectoral studies are commissioned. The meeting will be held on the on 27th November 2018 in the Ministry Boardroom