New York State Senator James Sanders Jr will travel to Uganda in November this year as part of a trip that will include a meeting with Ugandan leader, President Yoweri Museveni, the President’s Office has said.
The development was confirmed Sunday by Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs Amb. Abbey Walusimbi following a successful meeting held in New York.
Walusimbi who he is working on expounding the idea of an initiative for Uganda to serve as a hub to promote trade said the visit to Uganda by Senator Sanders is 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.
“His Excellency, 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.
He said Mr. Sanders has agreed to an invitation by President Museveni and has promised to lead a mission of elected officials and potential investors to Uganda come November.
Following a New York meeting, Mr.Sanders 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 describes himself as a proud Pan-Africanist applauding President Museveni for his Pan-African spirit and the sacrifices he has made for building Uganda and the continent at large.
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 to come to Uganda with a group of investors who will take interest in the vast investment opportunities.
Mr.Sanders Jr. is a member of the New York State Senate, serving since January 2013.
He represents the 10th district, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Jamaica, Rochdale Village, Rosedale and parts of Far Rockaway.