Richard Jabo in 2017
|Born||1 January 1978|
|🏡 Residence||Kampala, Uganda|
|🎓 Alma mater||Makerere University|
(Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics (BSc.QE))
University of Leicester
(Master of Financial Economics (MFE))
Economist, PSD Professional
|📆 Years active||2001 — present|
|Private Sector Development, Ministering|
|🏡 Home town||Tororo, Uganda|
(Uganda Free Zones Authority) 
Richard Arthur Jabo (born 01 January 1978) is a Ugandan economist, private sector development professional and pastor. He is the first and current executive director of the Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA). He was first appointed to that position in interim capacity by the Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in July 2014, before being confirmed in January 2016.
Previously, he served as a Private Secretary to His Excellency the President (Economic Affairs) at State House from 2006 up to 2010, and as Principal Economist at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development from 2010 to 2014.
Background & education
Richard was born on January 1, 1978 in a Catholic family. He is the son of Henry Joseph Obbo and the late Anne Grace Obbo. His father, served as the Minister of State for Labour and Industrial Relations from 2001 to 2006, and was the Member of Parliament for West Budama North in the 7th Parliament of the Republic of Uganda.
He attended Makerere University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Economics in 2000. He later obtained a Master of Science degree in Financial Economics from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom in 2004. He also attained a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from the Uganda Management Institute in 2009.
Richard commenced his formal employment as a data processor at the Electoral Commission, in 2001. Following the completion of his postgraduate degree, he worked as a retail service agent for 2 years at the energy company, E.ON UK in Leicester City, UK.
Upon his return to Uganda, he moved to Maersk (Uganda) Ltd, where he was employed as an operations executive from 2005 to 2006. In January 2006, Richard was appointed as a Private Secretary to His Excellency the President (Economic Affairs) at State House, up until 2010. At the same time, he worked as a Part-time Lecturer (Statistics) at Kyambogo University for 4 years.
Thereafter, he was recruited as a principal economist at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. He served at the Ministry up to July 2014, when he was appointed as the Executive Director of Uganda Free Zones Authority, a position he holds to date.
Awards & recognition
Over the years, Richard has been recognized in different circles for his notability as explored below:
- Country Winner in recognition of his achievements in the ‘Agencies& Regulatory Authorities’ Category of CEO Global’s Titans: Building Nations Awards, 2017
- Great Lakes Regional Winner in recognition of his achievements in the ‘Agencies & Regulatory Authorities’ Category of CEO Global’s Titans: Building Nations Awards, 2017
- Kayiwa, Edward (31 January 2017). "Free zones authority issues first developer licence". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- CEO, Global (16 November 2017). "Titans Regional Digital Magazine 2017". issuu. Copenhagen. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
- Bwambale, Taddeo (12 September 2016). "Chinese firms encouraged to invest in Africa". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- Adengo, Jonathan (13 December 2017). "Free zones authority signs pact to promote investment, trade". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- Nabwiso, Samuel (23 January 2017). "Uganda Free zones Partners URA". East African Business Week. Kampala. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- Rupiny, David (19 June 2012). "Uganda Spends UGX 752B in Tax Administration Costs". Uganda Radio Network. Kampala. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- Reporter, Vision (28 January 2002). "Minister says". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- Reporter, Vision (22 January 2010). "Fox Odoi eyes West Budama North as Oketta dares Ocula in Kilak county". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- Jabo, Richard (2015). "Richard Jabo". LinkedIn. Uganda. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
- Kabuzire, Linda (22 December 2015). "Uganda's First Free Trade Zone to Create 15,000 Jobs". ChimpReports. Kampala. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- Lyatuu, Justus (27 July 2016). "Free Zones Authority, UNBS to promote export standards". The Observer. Kampala. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- CEO, Global (16 November 2017). "TITANS 2017 REGIONAL WINNERS". Titans: Building Nations. Pretoria. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
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