The senior presidential advisor on diaspora affairs, Amb. Abbey Walusimbi has said James Sanders Jr, the New York State Senator has “positively” responded to an invitation by President Yoweri Museveni for a meeting.
Walusimbi revealed the development after a successful meeting 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, 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.
“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.
In response, Sanders agreed to the offer as he promised to lead a mission of officials and potential investors to Uganda in November.
“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 course, we will take it up,” Senator Sanders said.
He 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 describing himself as a proud Pan-Africanist applauded President Museveni for his Pan-African spirit.
“I have followed him for more than 20 years. I knew him when he was in the bush and we were thrilled how he became a statesman and how he was able to dominate the world stage. 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 said he would come to Uganda with a group of investors who are expected to take interest in the vast investment opportunities.