Uganda, Jan. 3 -- The government has expressed worry that high population growth rate is exerting a lot of pressure on the economy to boost quality services and employment.

In the Budget Framework Paper for FY2023/2024, the Ministry of Finance said the population has sharply grown from 15 million in 1986 to 43.7 million people today with a growth rate of 3.2 percent and a life expectancy of 64.7 years (Ubos 2022).

It attributes the growth to provision of improved access to quality social services, peace, and security, among others.

"The rising population, however, is exerting pressure on the government's capacity to provide the required quality social services for all as well as employment opportunities. Therefore, we need policy actio...