Museveni’s Adviser Convenes Stakeholders’ meeting to formulate Diaspora Policy

Amb. Walusimbi addressing stakeholders at President’s Office in Kampala

The Senior presidential Adviser on Diaspora Affairs, Amb. Abbey Walusimbi has assured Ugandans in the Diaspora that government is doing its best to ensure that better policies are put in place to favour them.

The Ambassador revealed during a stakeholders’ meeting he convened at the Office of the President in Kampala attended by a number of government Ministries, Departs and Agencies as well as private players.

Mr. Walusimbi said that the meetings are aimed at coming up with a draft diaspora policy that will be soon presented before President Museveni for approval.

Walusimbi thus appealed to Ugandans in the diaspora to consider investing back home in the spirit of commitment to the country’s development agenda.

Walusimbi said government is currently re-evaluating the Investment Policy in a bid to offer and improve incentives to Ugandans in the diaspora to invest back home.

He assured Ugandans of Government commitment in ensuring that there investments back home are protected and asked their representatives to raise any issues of concern so that they are addressed through the right channels to avoid suspicion and misleading information some of which have fueled negative propaganda.

“I welcome all our diaspora to come home to do business, and use their innovation and selfless service towards the development of this economy that belongs to everyone,” Amb. Walusimbi said.

He said the labour export business in Uganda is booming more than ever before and that more countries, including US and Canada, have opened doors for Uganda’s labour force.

“Before 1986, most Ugandans went out of the country as refugees and others ran into exile while investors shunned our country and most employers abroad didn’t consider employing Ugandans. We are improving on our labour supply while mitigating the gaps that exist,” he said.

Mr Walusimbi revealed that the government is planning to open up more professional job opportunities abroad as part of addressing the high levels of unemployment among the youth.

On her part, Ms. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the presidential adviser on gender and youth affairs, urged Ugandans in the diaspora to always engage in dialogue, saying undermining the Government back at home is counterproductive.

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