Minister Matia Kasaija and Danish Ambassador Nicolaj Hejberg Petersen after singing the agreement

The Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija has signed a grant agreement worth Shs19 billion with the Government of Denmark represented by the Danish Ambassador to Uganda Nicolaj Hejberg Petersen.

The grant is for supporting Uganda’s public financial management reform programme executed under the resource enhancement and accountability programme (REAP) under the Ministry of Finance.

With this support, Government seeks to consolidate earlier gains and will focus on enhanced resource mobilisation, enhanced policy based planning and budgeting as well as enhanced accountability systems and compliance.

Focus will also be on improving transparency and accountability of local government public financial management systems.

Kasaija lauded the Royal Danish Government for the continued commitment to systems’ strengthening in Uganda.

“I want to assure you that the government of Uganda is fully committed to achieving the goals enshrined in the public financial management reform strategy,” said Kasaija.

He urged his Ministry and all other stakeholders to ensure proper utilization of the grant.

The Danish Ambassador said this support to REAP is part of the bigger Country programme launched in 2018 to also support agriculture, trade, Uganda’s refugee response and private sector development among other areas.

“Denmark recognizes that corruption within the public sector deprives Ugandan citizens of quality services, but also acknowledges the existence of accountability champions and initiatives such as REAP that works towards addressing this vice,” said  Petersen.