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Country summary

Capital

Kampala

Borders

Democratic Republic of the Congo 765 km, Kenya 933 km, Rwanda 169 km, Sudan 435 km, Tanzania 396 km

Government type

republic

Population

32,369,558[1]

Population growth

2.692% (2010 est.)[1]

Life expectancy

52.72 years[1]

Unemployment

NA%[1]

Index of Economic Freedom

76[2]

Corruption Perceptions Index

130[3]

Doing Business ranking

112[4]


The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. During the 1990s, the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections. In January 2009, Uganda assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2009-10 term.[1]

Economical characteristicsEdit

  • Currency: Ugandan shilling (ISO code: UGX)
  • Central bank discount rate: 9.65% (31 December 2009)[1]
  • Commercial banks lending rate: 20.96% (31 December 2009 )[1]
  • Stock of money (M1): $1.483 billion (31 December 2008)[1]
  • Quasi money (with M1 makes M2): $1.485 billion (31 December 2008)[1]


StatisticsEdit

Statistic / Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
GDP (million USD)[5] 5 999 6 193 5 841 6 179 6 337 8 469 9 000 9 922 12 282 14 326
Govt. debt (% of GDP)[6] 46.446 42.927 69.482 65.047 58.047 26.515 28.907
Govt. revenue (% of GDP)[7] 11.635 10.788 10.520 11.562 11.459 10.888 11.945 12.728 12.861 13.173
Govt. expenses (% of GDP)[8] 14.888 15.526 21.558 22.819 21.599 16.259 16.684 16.618 16.476 15.159
Debt to revenue (years) 3.992 3.979 6.382 5.446 4.560 2.062 2.194

ReferencesEdit

Note: statistical data was rounded. Different sources may use different methodologies for their estimates. Debt to revenue is calculated by dividing the two variables from their original ('unrounded') values. It represents how long it would a government take to repay its entire debt if it used its whole revenue for this purpose.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 CIA - The World Facebook. "Uganda", from The World Facebook. Referenced 2010-10-05.
  2. Heritage Foundation. "Uganda", Economic Freedom Score. A lower ranking is better; but please be careful when comparing between different countries or years. Referenced 2010-10-05.
  3. Transparency International. "Uganda", Corruption Perceptions Index 2009. A lower ranking is better; but please note that the numbers cannot be compared between countries or years due to different methodology. Referenced 2010-10-05.
  4. Doing Business. "Uganda", Doing Business 2010 (part of The World Bank Group). A lower ranking is better; but please be careful when comparing between different countries or years. Referenced 2010-10-05.
  5. World Bank. "Uganda: GDP", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-10-05.
  6. World Bank. "Uganda: government debt", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-10-05.
  7. World Bank. "Uganda: government revenue", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-10-05.
  8. World Bank. "Uganda: government expenses", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-10-05.

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