“Invest back home” – President urges Ugandans abroad

Saturday 25th February 2012

President Yoweri Museveni urged Ugandans living in the diaspora to work hard and invest their earnings back in their country at home and also learn into the habit of shunning dependence on donor funds and handouts.

The President, has concluded his visit to London where he, along with other world leaders and delegations, attended a conference on Somalia, was meeting Ugandans living in the United Kingdom (UK) and neighboring European countries at Hotel Intercontinental in the British capital of London.

The President, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Janet Museveni, explained to his audience Uganda’s past political turmoil and said the national protracted armed liberation war waged by the National Resistance Movement was started with a few arms by few dedicated people and eventually succeeded because of hard work and patience.

The President told his audience that the Movement vowed a fundamental change in Uganda and said that to-date, there are so many achievements the country has realized such as improved infrastructure, increased number of children in school, increased power generation along with security and peace in the whole country. He assured Ugandans in Europe that the country is entering the take off stage in its quest for development.

Mr. Museveni, who observed that some Ugandans are excited about oil, reminded them that the financial dividends that will accrue from the exploitation of that resource, is to be used as a catalyst for development. He at this juncture urged the young people to undertake academic courses in sciences to be able to work in the oil sector and other related fields. He noted that the oil resource will give the country not only petroleum but also other by-products like gas, PVC and heavy fuel oil, among others, adding that this will definitely lead to more industries and creation of more job opportunities in the national economy.

Regarding dual citizenship, the President informed them that the bill has been passed and will favour mostly those Ugandans who are working and living abroad but would like to come and stay in Uganda concessionary.

State Minister for International Affairs, Okello Oryem, commended the President for the peace ushered in by the NRM government and the many social, economic and political achievements in the country. He said they are free to return home any time and called on them to convince investors to come and do business in Uganda.

Uganda’s High Commissioner to UK, Ms. Joan Rwabyomere reported that 55,000 Ugandans, being the highest number abroad, live in the British Isles alone followed by those in Germany and the United States of America.

ENDS

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