KAMPALA/ARUA — Efforts to turn the West Nile sub-region into the potential food basket of Uganda and the entire Upper Nile region this week gained momentum when a team of the senior management of Muni University in Arua met with the National Coordinator Operation Wealth Creation, Gen Caleb Akandwanaho, aka Salim Saleh.
The meeting that was attended by Dr Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari, the national chairman of the ruling NRM Entrepreneurs League, who is also the President of the Uganda National Chamber of Trade and Investment, discussed areas of food security in Uganda and Africa.
Attended by Muni University Vice Chancellor Prof Christine Dranzoa, the University Secretary, Rev Fr Dr Odubuker Picho Epiphany and other top management officials comes months after the first West Nile Investment Symposium that happened in August 2019.
Private investors, investment arms of governments and officials from South Sudan and DR Congo met at Muni University, hosted by Gen Saleh to discuss potential areas of investment in the West Nile region and the Upper Nile Valley, which includes the West Nile, South Sudan, North DR Congo and Central Africa Republic.
The meeting that was attended by President Museveni discussed how to break the narrative that the West Nile was an area known for war and poverty.
Investor were exposed to the region as a potential area of investment, with key highlights on the region’s vast and untapped fertile land. Its huge tourism potential as well as its potential as a trade link between East African countries and bordering countries of DR Congo, South Sudan and CAR.