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UK Convention Dispatch | Talking ill about Uganda in diaspora does not improve it – Speaker Kadaga

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Posted September 18, 2016 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in UK Convention 2016 ~ 1,367 views

     

By Nelson Bwire — The speaker of parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga has called upon Ugandans in the diaspora to speak well about the country, stressing that speaking ill about the nation does not improve it in anyway.

“Uganda is our country and we must talk good about it in the diaspora, besides we do not have any other country. We need to Market our country, talk about the good weather for instance, the beauty of the country, her wildlife and most importantly, the stability,” Ms Kadaga said while opening the 6th Uganda-UK Trade and Investment convention in the United Kingdom on Saturday.

“Talking ill about Uganda in the diaspora does not improve the country because no one will develop Uganda other than Ugandans, so let us talk business, let us invest in Uganda,” she added.

Meanwhile the same event was attended by former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye who maintained that Uganda requires strong institutions for investment to make sense.

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Quoting from a book on leadership and institutions, Dr Besigye said that Spain was the first state to colonise countries but they had weak institutions, while the British who came later built institutions. “Today Spain is like the third world country of Europe.”

“Uganda is a fantastic country, but we do not have institutions, why would investors go to state house instead of an investment authority? This fuels corruption since it is Museveni’s brothers and sisters who welcome them, then they each will take a pay cut. Uganda will need to sort out systems first,” he said.

Kyadondo County East Member of Parliament, Ssemujju Nganda also called upon the government to utilise opportunities of investing in agriculture.

“Recently I was in Luwero for campaigns; I saw mangoes on the ground rotting, pineapples are brought from Kayunga to rot in markets in Kampala. We have the potential in agro-processing but are not utlising it. Why would we export coffee to Egypt for processing then buy it later expensively?” Mr Ssemujju wondered.

UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Rwanda Lord Dolar Popat, a Ugandan born in Busolwe, Butaleja District and raised in Tororo also used the opportunity to pledge more investment in Uganda. He said the UK is already the largest cumulative investor in Uganda but there is considerable room to grow trading relations between the two nations.

“UK businesses need to respond, grab the economic initiative and play a leading role in Africa’s future growth. Otherwise we will be left behind by the countries that see Africa as it is, rather than how they fear it is,” he said.

State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda ascertained that government is in the process of constructing stop overs after every 100 Kilometres on highways. The stop overs will have a gas station, restaurant, Motels and other infrastructure. He called upon those with interest in the project to invest.

The Uganda-UK Trade convention started in 2011 as a trade and investment forum to engage political leaders, experts, entrepreneurs, institutions in Uganda and citizens in the diaspora. This year’s theme was “Why Invest in Uganda Now? Enhancing Investment for Job and Wealth Creation”

It was attended by among others; His Highness, David Onen Acana II, Acholi Paramount Chief, Mr Amin Mawji OBE, Diplomatic Representative, Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, Cecilia Ogwal, MP/Parliament Commissioner and different members of parliament. Afrigo Band provided entertainment.

Source — Daily Monitor Report and UK Convention Video of Dr. Kizza Besigye


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