Uganda’s Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi currently in the Ontario Provincial Capital of Toronto – Canada has called on Ugandans in the diaspora to consider investing back at home as a national cause and obligation in the spirit of National pride and commitment to the country’s development efforts.
Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, who was speaking at annual Ugandan Canadian Diaspora Business Expo and Convention 2019 in Toronto, urged Ugandans to always project Uganda’s hospitality and warm-heartedness and also be law-abiding citizens wherever they are saying that, they are all ambassadors of Uganda.
Ssekandi assured Ugandans of Government commitment in ensuring that there investments back home are protected and asked them to raise any issues of concern so that they are addressed through the right channels to avoid suspicion and misleading information some of which he said has in the past been negative propaganda.
The Vice-President told the convention that although there still exist some challenges in Uganda like unemployment among the youth, there are already visible achievements because Uganda is moving forward even in the face of global economics slow down.
The highlighted the economic growth average income of Uganda as having increased to US$835 per capita in 2018/2019 compared to us$800 in 2017 despite the increasing population growth of now to 40 million people.
Earlier in the day Vice President and Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, attended a Mult-Faith Service led by at the Court-Yard Marriot Hotel led by Rev. Joseph Kiirya of River Jordan Ministries, Ottawa, Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, Rev. Eddie Jjumba, and Sheik Fahad Amir Nsubuga.
Kadaga called upon Ugandans in the diaspora to respect leaders and urged them to always engage in dialogue, saying undermining the Government back at home is counterproductive because it’s the same Government which provides for the wellbeing of the people back at home and also systems to enable than travel and stay safely outside Uganda.
Kadaga, who was accompanied by several MPs, highlighted many investment opportunities back home and the legislation in place aimed at protecting there investments and also urged Uganda to make use of the dual citizenship to plan for there retirement back in Uganda.
The convention was also addressed by Uganda’s High Commissioner to Canada Joy Ruth Acheng and Uganda Canadian Diaspora Business Expo and Convention President John Nalima.