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Florence Kuteesa, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Alan Whitworth, and Tim Williamson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556229

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556229.001.0001

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Privatization and Parastatal Reform

Privatization and Parastatal Reform

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(p.355) 16 Privatization and Parastatal Reform
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Uganda's Economic Reforms
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Emmanuel Nyirinkindi

Michael Opagi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556229.003.0016

By the late 1980s Uganda's large public enterprise sector had become a major drain on the Treasury and a bottleneck to economic growth. To address this situation the government embarked on a major privatization and public enterprise reform programme in 1993. By 2005 the programme was largely complete and most public enterprises had been privatized, reformed, or closed down. This chapter discusses the key issues, reforms, and institutions that were central to the divestiture and reform of public enterprises. The implementation process is discussed along with the various methods adopted, the numbers that were divested and the proceeds from the process. The chapter identifies the key challenges faced during the process and assesses the impact of the reforms on issues such as government finances and post‐divestiture performance. It concludes with an appendix on utility reform.

Keywords:   public enterprise, parastatal, privatization, reform

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