The Uganda Communications Commission was established to implement the provisions of The UCC Act 2013 in accordance with the Laws of Uganda, with the principal goal of developing a modern communications Infrastructure in Uganda, in conformity with the operationalization of the Telecommunications Policy.
The Mandate of UCC
The primary mandate of UCC is to regulate the Communications sector, which includes Telecommunications, Broadcasting, radio communication, postal communications, data communication and infrastructure.
The Mandate of the Commission spans over three entities:
Uganda Communications Commission
Rural Communications Development Fund
Uganda Institute of Communications & Technology
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF Uganda) is a National Saving Scheme mandated by Government through the National Social Security Fund Act, Cap 222 (Laws of Uganda) to provide social security services to employees in Uganda.
NSSF Uganda is a Provident Fund and covers employees in the private sector.
The Fund is a contributory scheme and is funded by contributions from employees and employers of 5% and 10% respectively of the employee’s gross monthly wage.
Since 2012, the Fund is regulated by the Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority while Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development is responsible for policy oversight.
The Fund manages assets worth over UGX 10 trillion invested in Fixed Income, Equities and Real Estate assets within the East Africa region.
The Authority is a corporate body with perpetual succession and may sue and be sued in its corporate name and do, enjoy or suffer anything that may be done, enjoyed or suffered by a body corporate.
The Authority is the governing body of the Capital City and administers Capital City on behalf of the central government subject to this Act.
Any enactment that applies to a district shall, subject to this Act and with the necessary modifications, apply to the Authority
Composition of Authority
The Authority consists of the following members:-
The Lord Mayor;
The Deputy Lord Mayor;
One councillor directly elected by secret ballot to represent each electoral area in the Capital City on the basis of universal adult suffrage;
Two councillors representing the youth, one of whom shall be female;
Two councillors with disability representing persons with disabilities, one of whom shall be female;
Women councillors forming one third of the Authority such that the councillors elected under paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) Shall form two thirds of the Authority.
One councillor representing each of the following professional bodies:-
A person is not qualified to be a councillor unless he or she is a citizen of Uganda.
Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers;
Uganda Society of Architects;
Uganda Medical Association;
Uganda Law Society.
Functions of Lord Mayor
The Lord Mayor is the political head of the Capital City presides over all meetings of the Authority, performs ceremonial and civic functions, he also hosts foreign and local dignitaries, heads the Authority in developing strategies and programmes for the development of the Capital City.
Monitor the administration of the Capital City, provide guidance to the division administrations; and represent the Capital City on the Metropolitan Authority.
The Lord Mayor in the performance of his or her functions, is answerable to the Authority and the Minister.
The Deputy Lord Mayor assists the Lord Mayor in the performance of his or her functions and otherwise deputise for the Lord Mayor in his or her absence.
Kampala is divided into five 5 divisions (Central, Kawempe, Makindye, Nakawa & Rubaga), each headed by a popularly elected Mayor. Those divisions are preserved under the new KCCA Law. The table below gives the names of the relevant officials and their areas of responsibility.
Established in 1972 under the decree NO.34, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is a public utility company 100% owned by the Government of Uganda. At its inception in 1972, the Corporation operated in three (3) major towns of Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe but now brags of coverage in two hundred fifty-six (256) towns.
As an expert in water and waste water management for 48 years, NWSC harnesses all its capacity for innovation to work for the efficient and sustainable management of resources as the corporation continuously and sustainably serves its customers.
With water holding the highest probability of being the next big crisis to hit the world, NWSC is committed to the nifty and defensible management of water resources, the treatment and recovery of waste water and, to supporting its customers in their response to both the old and new environmental issues that may arise.
1. 100% service coverage – We will reach everyone with clean safe water within a radius of 200 meters in all the towns and urban centers entrusted to us. We are currently at 78.6% service coverage. We are committed to reaching the milestone of 100%.
WHO WE ARE
URBRA is an autonomous body established by virtue of section 2 of the Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority Act 2011, Act No. 15 of 2011. It is responsible for regulating the establishment, management and operation of retirement benefits schemes in Uganda in both the private and public sectors. The Authority is responsible for supervising institutions which provide retirement benefits products and services. URBRA is an oversight body and NOT a Retirement Benefits Scheme.
The primary strategic objectives of establishing URBRA and a strong supervisory framework include: -
Protection of funds, pension members and beneficiaries’ interest by promoting transparency and accountability;
Ensuring the stability and integrity of the financial sector through the stability and security of pension funds;
Ensuring sustainability of the pension sector as a whole and encouragement of pension provision with a view to promoting long term capital development;
Finally, setting the foundation for the gradual liberalization of the sector.
Mandate of the Authority
The Authority is responsible for the implementation of the URBRA Act, its functions among others include:
Regulating the establishment, management and operation of retirement benefits schemes in Uganda in both the private and public sectors;
Supervision of institutions which provide retirement benefits products and services;
Promoting the development of the retirement benefits sector;
Licensing of retirement benefits schemes; and
Licensing of service providers including: - Trustees, Administrators, Fund Managers and Custodians of Retirement Benefits Schemes.
Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is a semi-autonomous body established by an Act of Parliament, to operationalize Government’s rural electrification function. It functions as a secretariat of the Rural Electrification Board (REB) which carries out the rural electrification responsibilities, as defined in the Electricity Act of 1999.
Rural Electrification Agency (REA) was established as a statutory instrument in 2001 (no. 75), but started its functions in July 2003. REA has a board, the Rural Electrification Board (REB), which gives it policy guidance. The Rural Electrification Agency is mandated to facilitate the government’s goal of achieving rural electrification rate of atleast 10% by the year 2012 from 1% at the beginning of the decade.
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) was established by the National Authority Act, No. 15 of 2006. UNRA became operational on 1st July 2008. The mandate of UNRA is to develop and maintain the national roads network, advise Government on general roads policy and contribute to addressing of transport concerns.
To Efficiently Develop and Maintain a Safe and Sustainable National Road Network for the Economic Development of Uganda
This, which is enshrined in the UNRA Act, means that UNRA shall construct and maintain roads to the set standards and at the lowest possible cost without compromising the quality of its products and services to ensure safe transportation of all road users, goods and services along the national road network.
In addition, UNRA’s products and services will aid the development of the economy by reducing transport costs which will help make the country’s investment climate more competitive. Furthermore, the national roads will play a strategic role in enhancing connectivity of economic zones and spur the growth of vital sectors such as Tourism, Agriculture, Mining, Oil and Gas development, and Trade and commerce.
WHO WE ARE
History of The Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda (IRA)
The Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda (IRA) was established under section 14 of the Insurance Statute 1996 now The Insurance Act,(Chap213) Laws of Uganda, 2000(Insurance Act)which came into effect on 4th April 1996 and commenced operations in April 1997.
The establishment of the Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda was a consequence of Government’s adoption of the liberalization and privatization policies which ended its role of directly engaging in the provision of goods and services and taking on the role of supervisor or regulator.
The President of Uganda is provided for under Article 98 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. The mandate of the President is provided for under Article 99 of the Constitution where all Executive Authority in Uganda is vested in the President. Article 108 of the constitution also provides for H.E the Vice President.
The institution of State House facilitates and supports the President, The Vice President and their families while the private offices in particular provide the official linkages with government, the foreign diplomats and the general public.
The mandate of State House is to provide at all times, support to the Presidency in order to facilitate effective and efficient performance of its constitutional and administrative responsibilities as well as to cater for the welfare and security of H.E the President, H.E the Vice President and that of their families.
Office of the Principal Private Secretary to H.E
The Private Office and Household of H.E the President is headed by the Principal Private Secretary (PPS) as the overall coordinator, supervisor and manager of the related staff and functional units. All heads of related units as well as private secretaries report to the PPS.
Office of the Deputy Principal Private Secretary to H.E
The Deputy Principal Private Secretary (DPPS) assists the Principal Private Secretary in general administration and management of selected correspondences. In addition, to reduce the span of control and enable the PPS operate more efficiently, some of the Private Secretaries are required to report directly to the DPPS from time to time.
Presidential Press/Public Relations Unit
The Press and Public Relations Unit of State House is responsible for effectively handling the media; promote good public relations and project a positive image of H.E the President, H.E the Vice President, the First Family and the Institution of State House.
The Unit is responsible for handling all media related matters and liaise with all major media agencies locally and internationally for effective communication as well as counter negative reporting.
The Protocol Unit of State House is responsible for drawing and producing a realistic, tenable and rational work diary for H.E the President, manage it and ensure its successful implementation as well as to provide protocol services for the Institution of State House.
The Unit is also responsible for preparing H.E the President’s programmes, arranging visits and making appointments for guests including foreign dignitaries. The Protocol Unit is among other things responsible for receiving diplomats and other guests and escorting them to participate in ceremonies for diplomatic credentials in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign and Diplomatic Affairs unit
The Foreign and Diplomatic Affairs Unit is responsible for keeping H.E the President fully and accurately informed about international diplomatic issues which affect Uganda’s interests. The Unit is responsible for ensuring that diplomatic etiquettes are upheld unreservedly in all functions in State House and that H.E the President’s diplomatic appointments and arrangements for the presentation of credentials for incoming heads of missions, meetings between H.E the President and members of the Foreign and Diplomatic Corps, coordinate all visits to Uganda by Foreign Dignitaries and to other countries by H.E the President or members of the First Family and to ensure that all mail from the Ministry of Foreign, Diplomatic missions and international organizations/individuals addressed to H.E the President or State House are received, sorted out and scrutinized for action. Interpretation of languages is also done where necessary.
The Legal Unit of State House is responsible for all matters of a legal nature involving or addressed to H.E the President, the Principal Private Secretary or the Institution of State House. It is responsible for ensuring that all legal matters are effectively, expeditiously and lawfully handled and also to facilitate direct linkage with the Attorney General. The Unit is also responsible for providing timely legal advice an all matters of a legal nature or involving legal technicalities tendered to H.E the President, H.E the Vice President, the Principal Private Secretaries and the Institution of State House.
Security and Defense Unit
The Security and Defense unit is responsible for harmonizing and coordinating activities regarding security and defense related matters in State House with other State Organs. The unit provides an effective linkage and coordination between H.E the President, the Institution of State House, the Special Forces Group and various security organs in a manner that enhances expeditious collaboration, strategic actions and decisions on all security matters.
The Economic Unit oversees all aspects of the economy and is responsible for keeping H.E the President, accurately and fully informed and updated constantly on the performance of the economy and the general economic issues so as to facilitate rational decision making on economic matters at the national and international levels.
The Unit is also responsible for advising the President on economic matters relating to macro and section performance and to research, analyze and prepare briefs on economic related information and issues so as to facilitate H.E the President’s decision making on economic matters.
The Department of Finance and Administration
The Department of Finance and Administration is responsible for overall coordination, harmonization and collaboration of all operations and activities in State House. The Department, headed by the State House Comptroller provides administrative support including securing and availing adequate human resources, finance, office equipment, accommodation, transport, records and information facilities/services to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in all operations and activities of the Institution of State House. The department is responsible for maintaining and efficient and effective management systems for all fiscal resources and facilities and to ensure a timely and proper accountability of all the fiscal and other resources allocated and utilized in State House in accordance with the financial accounting regulations.
The National Drug Authority (NDA) was established in 1993 by the National Drug Policy and Authority Statute which in 2000 became the National Drug Policy and Authority (NDP/A) Act, Cap. 206 of the Laws of Uganda (2000 Edition).
The Act established a National Drug Policy and National Drug Authority to ensure the availability, at all times, of essential, efficacious and cost-effective drugs to the entire population of Uganda as a means of providing satisfactory healthcare and safeguarding the appropriate use of drugs.
AIR TRANSPORT services in Uganda started with the flying boats that landed at Port Bell, Luzira at the shores of Lake Victoria, to deliver mail. This was an extension of the Wilson Airways that itself started air operations in neighboring Kenya in 1929. In 1946, the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) was formed, followed by the construction of the country’s airport at Entebbe in 1947. Entebbe International Airport was commissioned by princess Elizabeth of England in 1952.
Following the establishment of the East African Community, civil aviation services were under a DCA and several government departments, leading to segmentation. The need to harmonise and efficiently run the services led to the establishment of the Civil Aviation Authority in 1991.
Uganda’s aviation industry is the nucleus of the country’s development, and is a pivotal link between Uganda and other countries. It is therefore the vision of this Authority to enhance its regulatory capacity for the safety and security of air transport, while facilitating optimum efficiency with respect to the movement of passengers and goods.
Unprecedented growth will continue to bring unprecedented challenges, the soon to be completed Entebbe International Airport expansion project with its extended runway and the ever expanding Domestic Aviation industry. Therefore, the sustainability of the local and international aviation industries is a concern for all stakeholders.