New York Senator, James Sanders to lead a delegation of legislators to meet Museveni

Amb. Walusimbi holds bilateral talks with Senator James Sanders

James Sanders Jr, the New York State Senator has positively responded to an invitation by President Yoweri Museveni extended to him through his Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Amb. Abbey Walusimbi.

This was after a successful meeting held in New York by the two diplomats aimed at establishing a global strategic relationship, raise investor awareness of Uganda’s openness as well as extending an invitation to historical African diasporas to Uganda.

During the meeting, Amb. Walusimbi revealed that upon a directive by President Museveni, he is working on expounding the idea of an initiative for Uganda to serve as a hub to promote trade not only for intra-continental activity but also to include the activity of Africans and African diasporas across the globe.

“H.E President Museveni has widely opened up the country to all investors and especially to the historical African diasporas whom he refers to as ‘Bazukuru’ (grandchildren) so that they can take up investments as well settlements,” Walusimbi said.

As a champion of economic development and Pan-Africanism, Senator Sanders has agreed to the offer and invitation from President Museveni and has promised to lead a mission of elected officials and potential investors to Uganda come November.

L-R Amb. Walusimbi, Olivia Nantongo and Senator James Sanders

“You have been kind enough to share this invitation from President Museveni a person that I adore; this is very important to me and to African Americans, when we hear our cousins from Africa putting up a hand of friendship, of coarsewe will take it up,” said Senator Sanders.

Sanders said that there are a lot of things that can be exchanged between Africans and African Americans noting that there is no way either group can grow to their full potential without knowing each other and working together.

The lifelong public servant and a military veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps describes himself as a proud Pan-Africanist applauding President Museveni for his Pan-African spirit and the sacrifices he has made for building Uganda and the continent at large.

“Our President (Museveni) must be applauded, he is the president I have followed and admired for more than 20 years. I knew him when he was in the bush and we were thrilled how he became a Sates man and how he was able to dominate the world stage,” Sanders said.

He added that, “We saw the difficulties that Uganda has had; we know that Museveni has turned a new page in Uganda with the defeat of the rebels and we ought to do our part in building a strong nation.”

As the Chairman of the New York Senate Committee on Banks and head of the Senate Task Force on Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise, Sanders to come to Uganda with a group of investors who will take interest in the vast investment opportunities.


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