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									WELCOME REMARKS BY THE PRINCIPAL, COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND
MANAGEMENT SCIENCES DURING THE LAUNCH OF THE MASTER OF
PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME (MPIM), FRIDAY,
30TH MARCH 2012, AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES (CoBAMS) CONFERENCE ROOM


      Our Chief Guest, the Ag. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local government,
       Mr. Charles Katarikawe
      Your Excellencies, the High Commissioners
      Education Attaches of the Kenyan, Rwandese, Tanzanian and Southern Sudan
       Embassies
      Chairman, Pan African Capacity Building Programme - Professor Brian Figaji

      Ag. Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian Tibatemwa – Ekirikubinza

      Local Government Chief Administrative Officers
      Principal Town Clerks
      Representatives of Non-governmental organisations
      Members of the private sector
      Esteemed Colleagues in Makerere University

      Members of the media
      All stakeholders in the Master of Public Infrastructure Management
       Programme
      Distinguished Guests in your various capacities
      Ladies and Gentlemen,



It gives me much pleasure to welcome you to the official launch of our new

programme- the Master of Public Infrastructure Management (MPIM).



The management and the entire staff of CoBAMS are very much honoured and
grateful to you our Chief Guest for accepting to be our Guest of Honour at this
function. Thank you very much for gracing this occasion with your presence despite
your busy schedule.
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The idea of the Master of Public Infrastructure Management Programme was sold to
Makerere University by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, about two (2)
years ago. It is then that the Ag. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba
advised that CoBAMS should spearhead the processes of developing it and thereafter
host it on behalf of the University. At this point I would wish to commend Prof.
Baryamureeba for having made the right decision for singling out CoBAMS to host
this Programme.


After CoBAMS had been identified as the host, several consultative meetings took
place. I had the opportunity to attend the first meeting in South Africa organized by
the Pan African Capacity Building Programme. Thereafter, I had to hand over the
entire process to the Dean, School of Business – Dr. Umar Kakumba. Dr. Kakumba
together with his team produced all the necessary information until today. And
today, we are proud to announce that CoBAMS is finally going to conduct the
programme come Academic Year 2012/2013.


Our special thanks go to the management of the Pan African Capacity Building
Programme for this opportunity given to Ugandans, Kenyans, Rwandese, South
Sudanese and Tanzanians.


This programme originated from the fact that huge resources allocated to public
sector programmes and projects are highly mismanaged and therefore require
professional management and leadership. On completion, the candidates will have
acquired the necessary skills to professionally manage and head public sector
programmes and projects.



We at CoBAMS are very confident that this programme will be well managed. We
have long outstanding experience of managing regional programmes. We have
successfully managed a number of regional programmes. These include:


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       A. A Collaborative Master of Arts (Economics) with support from the African
          Economic Research Consortium (AERC, Nairobi); Master of Arts
          (Economic Policy Management) with support from the African Capacity
          Building Foundation and the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate
          Scholarship Program; as well as the Master of Arts (Gender Analysis in
          Economics) with support from the United Nations Development
          Programme (UNDP)


The Masters Program in Economic Policy Management (MA EPM) Program is a
special programme which was in 1998 launched by the World Bank and the African
Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) with a bid to strengthen the public sector
capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. The program has so far under gone through three
phases each of four years and in October 2011; the fourth phase has just been
approved for the next five years. The College has been granted 2.5 Million USD to
run the programme.

       B. The College also offers a regional collaborative Bachelor of Statistics and
          Master of Statistics.



      There are also several ongoing research projects currently being worked on
       by College staff funded by amongst others the African Economic Research
       Consortium, International Development Research Center, the United Nations
       Population Fund and Population Secretariat of the Ministry of Finance
       Planning and Economic Development.


I wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the Development Bank of Southern

Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation and the French Agency for

Development for accepting to partner with Makerere University. We are very

appreciative to you for funding this programme.




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I would also like to make a special mention of the team from the College of Business

and Management Sciences, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and

College of Humanities and Social Sciences, for the work done in gathering all the

relevant information needed to rollout this programme.



I can not forget Makerere University Management, for providing all the support to
CoBAMS.


I once again, welcome you to Makerere University and in particular to CoBAMS.
Allow me now to take this opportunity to invite the Ag. Vice Chancellor, Professor
Lilian Tibatemwa – Ekirikubinza, to address the congregation and thereafter to invite
our Chief Guest.




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