‘‘Wins for Uganda in the just concluded UN Peacekeeping budget negotiations’’ tweeted Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations
In the new deal, the UN will upgrade the leadership of the Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) from D1 to D2 the highest UN post in Uganda, a budget of $ 37.2 Million for RSCE
According to Dr. Ayebare, discussion for the Global Services Delivery Model (GSDM) is pending
The UN Entebbe regional base is the hub for all administrative, logistical, information and communications technology services to missions in Africa. It is supported by 427 approved staff, including 134 international staff, 285 Ugandan staff and eight UN volunteers.
May 2017 report had recommended that UN administrative functions be consolidated at three dispersed locations — Nairobi, Budapest (Hungary) and City of Mexico (Mexico).
An earlier report nearly took away all functions from the RSCE to the proposed Global Shared Service Centre in Kenya’s capital Nairobi under GDSM reforms.
The abolition of the Ugx. 21billion RSCE in 2018 had triggered an avalanche of condemnation by Ugandan officials, Members of Parliament and would-be affected employees.
The Entebbe regional base is an indispensable contribution to UN operations in the region and a vital source of employment in Uganda
The Regional Service Centre in Entebbe among others provides regional ICT services, regional training and conferences services, transport and movement services, and liaison offices for peacekeeping missions to Abyei and South Sudan.
The base also acts as logistical hub for the UN Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO), global procurement support section, civilian pre-deployment training team, regional ombudsman under the office of the Office of Internal Oversight Services and the UN Mine Action Centre