KAMPALA — The Office of the President through his Senior Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Amb. Abbey Walusimbi has explained how Akon City will help Ugandans.
Ambassador Walusimbi who invited the International Singer and businessman Akon into the country was responding to critics and other Countrymen and Women who wondered how the proposed Akon City will be realised.
Walusimbi said that the government decision to give Akon 1sq mile for the establishment of the ACity is for benefit of all Ugandans through different aspects — explaining it will market the country world over.
“As revealed by Akon, the city will be divided into districts that’s is the Entertainment district which will offer recording studios to Ugandans music, film and movie starts to thrive, the medical district offering specialized medication to the people, education district offering the best tertiary and university education as well as the business district offering a number of business opportunities and financial services,” Walusimbi explained.
He noted that this will all provide direct and indirect benefits to Ugandans.
“From the onset of the project, Ugandans shall be required to offer non-skilled and skilled labour during the construction works, all those involved in the supply chain will also gain business, this will help in the creation of a number of employment and investment opportunities,” Walusimbi noted.
Walusimbi added that the hospitals, education institutions and businesses that shall be set up in the Akon city are to benefit Ugandans first and these will improve on the standards of living.
“The Akon city is a marketing tool of Uganda’s beauty and potential in tourism; tourism is Uganda’s biggest foreign earner, once boosted, the economy will be boosted and who knows, we may end up shooting to the middle class status,” Walusimbi noted.
Akon who has been in the country on a working appointed the Trade and Investment Officer in the Office of the President, Isaac Kigozi as the local manager of the entire project.