Uganda has been taken off the monitoring list of countries with high risk of money laundering and terrorist financing. The list is compiled and monitored by the Financial Action Task Force, a powerful body whose ultimate effect – through peer action, is to strengthen the health of the global financial system. The sanctions a country faces for non-compliance can be serious. Blacklisted countries such as North Korea for example can

 Uganda’s $ 4.5 billion refinery project could be delayed by a protracted dispute if one of the competitors, choses to go to court over the way the procurement process is being handled. Subsequently the new permanent secretary at Uganda’s Ministry of Energy Stephen Isabalijja is under pressure with rumors of his firing doing rounds. Amongst others it is said he may have prompted legal action after he personally ruled out