Authored By Ian Musiimenta
MEET THE ECONOMIC ANALYSTS
Nabweru being annexed to Nansana for planning purposes, the economic activities in Nansana have been influenced by its proximity to Uganda’s Capital city Kampala. This proximity has seen the growth of Nansana as a dormitry town since most people who reside in Nansana work in Kampala and come back in the evening hours making Nansana more vibrant in the night.
Nansana town council authirities are not ok with the idea of it being a dormitory town reason being and we found out they were right, “there will be no sources of revenue if nansana continues to be a dormitry town…” we found out alot of businness’ that comeup at night are not taxed hence the council loosing out on revenue. We looked at this as a planning opportunity though its currently a revenue weakness.
As TEAM 4 doing the economic analysis in Nabweru we covered the activities taking place:
- ON and OFF site
- FORMAL AND INFORMAL ACTIVITIES
- NATURE OF BUSINNESS’
- SOURCE OF INCOME
- EFFECTS OF THE BUSINESS
- REAL ESTATE
- YOUTH EMPOWEREMENT PROGRAMMES etc.
A few challenges were encountered in information collection since most of the people didn’t tend to be honest about their financial information but working together with the Nansana town council we got the revenue report and all information about the registered legal businness’ in Nansana town.
INFORMAL ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
- Most of the markets on the site are small street markets with 3-5 vendors; usually women selling mostly food stuffs.
- Some of them have stalls while others operate in open spaces.
- Wholesalers bringing in food stuffs and other items in bulk on lorries and pick ups etc., are charged a once and for all fee on those items each time they supply the market (distribution fee)
- These markets operate during the day ( between 8am and 8pm).
The most used mode of transport off the site are commuter taxis which charge between 1000-2000 shillings from Nabweru to Kampala for a 10.6 KM distance.
Taxi’s drop people on the stage on Nabweru road where they board BODA BODA (motorcycles) or walk through foot paths to their residences.
The fabrication classification on the site is mainly divided into segments
- Metal works
- Building bricks
- Others (clay works, crafts etc.)
MEASURES TAKEN BY THE TOWN COUNCIL.
NansanaTown Council aims to boost growth from 6.5% to 7% over the medium term by the following measures;
- Improvement in transport infrastructure and utility services by routine maintenance of roads, tarmacking of roads, grading of roads.
- The council encouraged banking institutions like Advance Uganda which has provided loans to people so that they can start up small businesses.
- Removal of bureaucratic barriers to investment.
- Nansana Town Council has also increased employment opportunity to the local people in the way that the Town Council has employed Town street Cleaners, Porters.
- Modernization / commercialization of agriculture, with emphasis on value addition through the NAADS Programme.
POLICIES THAT HAVE AFFECTED BUSINESS.
The Local Government (Rating Act) was passed and the implementation is as follows:
Under the Act, property taxes are levied on the following categories of properties:
(i) Commercial and industrial buildings in both rural and Urban areas;
(ii) residential buildings in urban areas only;
The council also collects other taxes from the locals in the categories of Licenses, Permits, Bill boards fees and other fees.
- This is a tax that has been introduced to be levied on containers and kiosks put on roadsides for business. This was a way to reduce on the influx of these containers and kiosks.
- On top of the prohibitive tax, owners of containers and kiosks now have to pay a placement fee.
- Before any advert is put up on a building, it has to be approved by the council. This is in order for the council to maintain ‘sanity’ in the town
Based on the analysis we made some SKETCHY PROPOSALA which we will add to and enrich upon getting analysis from other teams that were covering diffrent categories.
All PROPOSALS here are econimic based for the better of the Nabweru women who were mostly affected by poverty.