Every time we visit home, Uganda, we recall what we have been told was and perhaps still is the potential of our country versus its status-quo and future.
I was in Uganda last weekend, and while having breakfast at one of Kampala’s hotels, I was given for my breakfast reading a copy of ‘The Sunday Vision’ newspaper. It didn’t take me long before landing on a subject that fascinates us at the Effectiveness lab – the effectiveness or not, of what Ugandans spend their productive hours doing, and whether all the energy they expend working, provides them a safety-net both during their working time and retirement
Apparently, Uganda shall become a middle-income country (MIC) by 2020. In effect, every Ugandan should by 2020 earn between Ugandan Shillings 3.6 to 44.1 million at today’s $/UGX rate.
Well – the photo gallery below and accompanying captions, ‘cut’ directly from the The Sunday Vision newspaper, reflects what a cross-section of Ugandans believe shall be their direct contribution towards Uganda’s 2020 MIC milestone. Is this enough?
Shall Ugandans propel the country to MIC status by doing the above? Is the State carrying its weight? Is the State banking on oil revenue to provide a fillip to this MIC journey? Has the time finally come for Uganda to fulfill its potential? What has changed this time?
We can only wait and judge in four years time – but on the above evidence, we suspect that it will be tougher than we anticipate, to turn Uganda into MIC status by 2020
We hope that Uganda is ‘not painting in the dark’ – however, since the jury is still out on the viability of the 2020 MIC roadmap, we leave you with reading from our earlier blog series ‘painting in the dark’.
Perhaps a combination of all the above, the government’s good will, and thinking like ours at the Effectivenesss lab, may bring MIC status to Uganda by 2020
For now, it’s fair to all that we take a rain check on this one, and return to hear the final verdict in 2020. See you then!