Left to Right: Henry Musaasizi, Ramathan Ggoobi, Matia Kasaija and Patrick Ocailap during the handover ceremony on Wednesday, 18 August 2021.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Mr Ramathan Ggoobi, has pledged to ensure that the Ugandan economy recovers faster from the Covid-19.

Speaking on Wednesday, 18 August 2021 after officially starting his duties, Mr Ggoobi said he is aware of the task at hand.

“I am taking on this gigantic responsibility with full knowledge that like many other young nations, Uganda’s main challenge today is to build a sound economy and transform our society that is still largely pre-industrialist into a modern nation,” he said.

“Thankfully, I am going to work with a team that is professionally apt, largely young, dynamic, intelligent, hardworking, enthusiastic and efficient,” he added.

Mr Ggoobi officially received office from Patrick Ocailap, the Deputy Secretary to the Secretary, at a function witnessed by Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and ministers of state and top technical team of the ministry.

Mr Ggoobi thanked  President Museveni for entrusting him with the responsibility of leading the technical team that is going to direct the economic policy of Uganda by first recovering the economy to its pre-pandemic state and then to socio-economic transformation.

The Makerere University Business School economics don, Mr Ggoobi was last month named ministry’s Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury, replacing Mr Keith Muhakanizi who was moved to the Office of Prime Minister.

President Museveni in June tapped the Ntenjeru County North MP, Mr Amos Lugolobi as Finance state minister for planning and Rubanda County East MP, Mr Henry Musasizi as Finance state minister general duties.

Last week, the new ministers and PS of the ministry underwent a three-day induction.