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“Social Market Economy” is one of the current focal points in the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung worldwide. From 2011, the portfolio of the KAS country office in Uganda includes the promotion of basic principles of social market economy as a new major objective and intervention area.
A first milestone under the new focal area, was the launch of a study on “Economic Policies in Uganda and the Principles of Social Market Economy” and the visit of Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany and former Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Uganda in June 2011. During his visit he discussed the concept of Social Market Economy in the Ugandan context with outstanding Ugandan experts and government representatives in a conference under the title „The Role of State and Market for Sustainable Development in Africa“. During and after the conference various stakeholders expressed their interest in and commitment to an ongoing dialogue on economic policies in Uganda. KAS Uganda will continue to facilitate such a multi-stakeholder dialogue in cooperation with the local partner ACTADE in order to have a constructive focus on the improvement of economic policies in Uganda, giving special consideration to the principles of Social Market Economy as a potential inspiration.
The high-level roundtable discussion will bring together an exclusive number of 30 invited participants with leading roles and particular expertise in the areas of economic governance, development and poverty reduction.
The aim of the conference is to further facilitate a high-level dialogue on economic policies and to trigger a constructive debate on the principles of Social Market Economy in light of the challenge of poverty reduction in the Ugandan context. It shall particularly address the question of whether some of the principles of Social Market Economy can be applicable in the Ugandan context and provide a positive contribution to the struggle of poverty reduction, and whether an economic policy oriented along such principles could provide a viable strategy for enhancing pro-poor development.