OTTAWA – The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi had commended Ugandans living in the diaspora for investing in various enterprises back home as well as wooing other business entities to come and engage in public private investment partnerships.
While meeting a delegation of Canadian born Ugandans, who were led by Uganda’s Ambassador to Canada Ruth Acheng, the Vice President hailed the diaspora for exhibiting patriotism and nationalism by ploughing back their earnings which contribute both to Uganda’s foreign direct investment and economic development.
The Vice President hailed Ambassador Acheng for visiting a number of wineries in Canada and copying their expertise which she is now using to start SMEs for women across the country to start own wineries and boost their welfare.
Mr Ssekandi said that unlike countries in the west, Uganda boasts of a number of fruits that can make both juice, concentrates and wines as well as having two natural planting seasons.
He commended the ambassador and the Canadian Diaspora for organising last year’s Uganda-Canada Trade Expo which has started bringing positive results.
Ambassador Acheng said that Canada has a number of Canadian born Ugandans who are in influential positions and whose skills can benefit the country.
She introduced Dr. Lawrence Muganga, a Canadian born Ugandan to the Vice President, who is an education consultant and beneficiary of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation education innovation award of US1,000,000US dollar to revamp the education sector in, Africa of which Uganda is slated to be the first trial country.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Vice President, Vincent Kityamuweesi Musubire.