The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has called on Ugandans living in the diaspora to promote development by attracting foreign investors into the country.
Kadaga said that this would lead to economic growth and improvement of the livelihoods of Ugandans.
“The success of such efforts contributes to a cohesive and economically empowered people where political actors, businesses and friends collectively contribute to development,” Kadaga said.
Kadaga made the remarks while flagging off a 13-person delegation of the Busoga Consortium to attend the 18th edition of the World Shenyang Sister Cities Conference in China.
The Speaker, who is the patron of the Consortium, said the team led by Minister for Presidency Hon. Esther Mbayo, will sign a letter of intent to establish friendship city relationships between Jinja city and Shenyang city in China, among other memoranda of understanding.
“The delegation will sign an academic exchange agreement between Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery and Shenyang Medical College… a Memorandum of Understanding between Busoga Consortium and Shenyang Construction University to promote scientific research,” said Kadaga.
She added that the Consortium is working with Government to secure over 500 acres of land in Iganga as well as 380 acres of land in Jinja for setting up an industrial park.
“We have identified 450 acres of land in Kige, Kamuli district for possible development of an industrial park and the land is ready for investors, so please inform our Chinese friends,” Kadaga told the delegation.
Mbayo said that at the World Shenyang Sister Cities Conference, they would promote Busoga’s tourism and business potential and that of Uganda so as to attract more investments into the country.
“We shall venture into discussions in areas of the industrial park, tourism, culture and health; we seek your commendation as our patron,” Mbayo told the Speaker.
The Busoga Consortium was initiated by Vice President, Edward Ssekandi in 2017 following an MoU signed by 10 District Local Government Chairpersons, intended to rally the people and friends of Busoga to unite and steer socio-economic development.