The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa has urged Ugandans in the diaspora to invest their money back home so as to foster development in the country.
Tayebwa made the remarks while speaking to Ugandans in the diaspora who are attending the 34th Uganda North American Association (UNAA) Convention in San Francisco, USA.
He informed the Ugandan Community in North America that plenty of trade and investment opportunities abound in Uganda which they can explore and encouraged them to identify and woo potential investors in the tourism and trade sectors.
“Love your country. Focus on promoting your country. Focus on making it a country that people can believe in. We have to work together to build and promote our country. And the moment we do have a country that is loved and you know, taken in high regard by the rest of the world, “he said.
Tayebwa also emphasized the Uganda, US bilateral trade relations, saying that favorable domestic policies are drivers of foreign investment.
He called upon Ugandans in North America to bring back jobs home by investing in their country.
Tayebwa assured Ugandans abroad that the 11th Parliament will stand firm in the fight against any form of corruption and hold government officials accountable, a development he said will enhance good governance and improve the trade and investment atmosphere in Uganda.
The Government Chief Whip, Denis Hamson Obua saluted UNAA leadership for walking the talk and keeping the hope alive.
He said government officials are in North America to listen to the diaspora community and return home with tangible action points for purposes of implementation.
He reminded Ugandans abroad that they don’t have a second-hand choice country, noting that this must unite them further.
Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington DC, Ambassador Santa Mary Laker-Kinyera said the government of Uganda recognizes the significant contribution made by the diaspora to Uganda’s national development.
Recent data from the World Bank shows that remittance flows to Uganda stands at approximately $1.2 billion annually, with over 100 million of this coming from the US alone.