The Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Amb. Abbey Walusimbi has held talks with Sierra Leone’s, Amb. Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai aimed at finding areas of mutual collaboration in areas of trade and investment, cultural exchange and diaspora engagements between two countries.
The meeting was held at Amb. Sidique’s office in Washington DC as part of Amb. Walusimbi’s efforts to market Uganda’s tourism and investment opportunities to historical diasporas and the rest of the world.
During the meeting, Amb. Walusimbi highlighted the importance of mobilizing, organizing and engaging Africandiaspora communities into a force of development.
“It is time as Africans to work together towards creating a conducive atmosphere that will allow our historical diasporas to return to the continent so as to make settlements as well as investments,” Walusimbi said.
On his part, Amb. Sidique who is also the Secretary General ECOWAS Group of African Ambassadors in USA appreciated Walusimbi for the phenomenal and incredible work he has done in promoting Uganda to the world.
Amb. Sadidque said that diaspora engagement is the only way African countries can tap into the vast knowledge and potential they possess.
“When we talk of diaspora engagement, these diaspora in the United State are very smart, they are connected, they have resources, they have people in government, they know more that what you know about your countries. If you don’t engage them, they won’t share the information they have and information is power,” Amb. Sadique said.
Sadique added that, “The diaspora is not your enemy, motivate them, let them know that you mean well, don’t make a full out of them because they are here; they may not vote at home but they are here and can be of great influence.”
The Co-Chairperson of Diaspora Engagement and Public Affairs, African Ambassadors, noted that diaspora is a critical and essential force for governance, economic building and development of the African nations.
Amb. Walusimbi as well made a courtesy call to Uganda’s ambassador to USA, Amb. Mull Katende at his office in Washington DC.
Walusimbi appreciated Amb. Katende for his continuous collaboration with the office of the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs.
“I bring you sincere commendation from President Museveni for your tremendous services that you have rendered to all Ugandans in the US and the diaspora in general. I also take the opportunity to appreciate all the staff at the Embassy in Washington, the services that you render to the Ugandan community is much welcome,” Walusimbi noted.