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Official Commissioning Of The DPF Office At AHA Towers – January 20, 2022

Official commissioning of the DPF office at AHA Towers – January 20, 2022

The Deposit Protection Fund of Uganda officially commissioned its office at AHA Towers, Plot 7 Lourdel Road, Kampala on January 20, 2022.

Mr. Kaggwa Moses (Director Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development – Left) after cutting the ribbon to mark the commissioning of the DPF Office, on Level 3, AHA Towers. Looking on is the Board Chairman Mr. Patrick Kagoro (2nd Right) and the CEO Mrs. Julia Oyet (Right)

The Chief Guest, Honorable Matia Kasaija – Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development was represented by Mr. Kaggwa Moses – the Director Economic Affairs at the Finance Ministry. In his remarks, the Minister said that the event was an important milestone in the journey of the Deposit Protection Fund and noted, that “the Fund has come of age and is now able to operate effectively as an independent agency”.

Mr. Kaggwa makes remarks at the office commissioning event.

He highlighted the following salient achievements of the Fund:

  • The Fund size increased from UGX 473 billion in June 2017 to UGX 1 trillion as at September 2021.
  • The Fund fully protects deposits held in 19 million accounts, out of the 19.4 million deposit accounts in the financial sector representing 98% coverage.
  • The staff count had increased from five (5) when the Fund was operationalized in 2017, to now forty-seven (47).

He further noted that depositors of financial institutions constituted key stakeholders in the financial services sector, and it was for that reason that Government had recognized this fact and moved to establish a specific entity to focus on ensuring that depositors are not only protected, but that their confidence in the financial sector is strengthened. The Minister urged the Board and Management of the Fund to work towards having a permanent office space. He further pledged to support the Fund in coming up with a stand-alone law and a framework for funding in the event of a systemic financial crisis.

The Governor Bank of Uganda, in a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Solomon Osewe Oketcho (Executive Director, Strategy and Risk Management at the Central Bank and a Board Member at the DPF) noted that financial sector stability lies at the heart of the BoU’s mandate; hence deliberate steps were taken by the Bank to help establish the DPF to take care of the interests of the depositors of closed banks. He further recognized and appreciated the DPF Board and the pioneer team of staff led by Mrs. Julia Oyet, the CEO, for their steadfast commitment to overcoming the inevitable initial challenges associated with new beginnings.

(L-R) Mrs. Julia Oyet (DPF CEO), Mr. Kaggwa Moses (Director Economic Affairs at the Finance Ministry) and Mr. Ben Patrick Kagoro (DPF Board Chairman)

In his remarks, the Board Chairman – Mr. Ben Patrick Kagoro highlighted the following, among others, actions the Fund’s planned actions the next five years, as laid out in the Strategic Plan for 2022-2027:

  1. Work towards having a stand-alone DPF law which will amongst others, expand the mandate of the Fund. This will allow the Fund to participate in financing the resolution of challenged banks, so that they exit the banking sector in an orderly manner.
  2. Put in place processes and structures to manage the timely liquidation of Contributing Institutions as mandated under the Financial Institutions Act 2004.
  3. Reach out to the grassroots to create public awareness on the roles of the DPF and encourage the populace to place their savings in regulated financial institutions.
  4. Finalize the funding framework with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in order to access resources for payout fast, in the unlikely event of a systemic financial crisis.
  5. Invest in a robust investment management system so that the entire investment portfolio is managed in-house.
  6. Build a conductive and eco-friendly permanent office premises for the DPF which will house the operations of the Fund as it positions itself to gradually evolve into a deposit insurance hub for the East African Region and beyond.

While giving her remarks at the event, Mrs. Julia Oyet – the DPF Chief Executive Officer noted that the day was special because among other things, it was the maiden day when the Fund assembled with all its key stakeholders, especially the Contributing Institutions. Mrs. Oyet immensely appreciated the Governor and staff of the Bank of Uganda, for the immeasurable support extended by the Bank of Uganda to the Fund, right from inception.

Mrs. Julia Oyet addresses guests at the official commissioning event

She observed that the Contributing Institutions have continued to pay their premiums on time and also collaborated with the DPF to ensure that depositor information is updated to reflect amongst others, National Identification Numbers (NIN) and alternative modes of payment. Mrs. Oyet highlighted some of the major milestones achieved in the past five years including implementation of a multi-billion payout system, embarking of massive public campaigns, attainment of a tax exemption status for its income, signing of a Memoranda of Understanding with the deposit insurance agencies of Kenya and Nigeria, and hosting the first ever deposit insurance conference in Uganda, in 2019.

While concluding her remarks, Mrs. Oyet exceptionally appreciated the founding Board of Directors, chaired by Mr. Ben Patrick Kagoro and commended the ten staff from Bank of Uganda who were seconded by Bank of Uganda to join her in starting the establishment of the Fund. She also welcomed all the new staff who had recently joined the Fund and noted that although the task ahead was huge, she was confident that much more would be achieved.

The Board of Directors led by Mr. Patrick Kagoro (third right) and DPF CEO (right), pose for a photo in the DPF Boardroom with Mr. Kaggwa Moses (seated).


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