Uganda Europe Convention Set for Next Week

Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi, Ambassador Kezaala Muhammad and UGACOQ leaders during the consultative meeting. Photo by SPA/DA Press Unit.

Abbey Walusimbi, Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, announced the upcoming launch of the Uganda Europe Convention scheduled for Thursday, November 9. The event will take place at the Office of the President Conference Hall in Kampala and is designed to bring together various stakeholders, including government officials, European embassies, and representatives from the public and private sectors, marking the official commencement of the Uganda Europe Convention.

Ambassador Walusimbi stressed that this convention aligns with President Museveni’s vision for wealth and job creation in key sectors, including commercial agriculture, manufacturing, services, and information and communication technology. The event will serve as a platform to advance President Museveni’s call for mobilizing quality and sustainable investment, enhancing trade between Uganda and Europe, and pushing the boundaries of labor externalization to open new markets for safe labor migration. It also aims to diversify the economy through innovation, foster strategic partnerships, boost the tourism sector, and create employment opportunities for both returnees and those residing in Uganda.

Ambassador Walusimbi highlighted the convention’s significance in attracting prominent industrialists to establish production facilities in Uganda, adding value to traditional agricultural products and increasing exports to Europe. He underscored Uganda’s potential as a global tourism, investment, and innovation hub, emphasizing its economic stability, business incentives, and duty-free quota-free exports to the European Union as attractive factors for potential investors.

Encouraging the Ugandan diaspora to acquire modern, transferable skills, Ambassador Walusimbi emphasized that empowering this community with business and entrepreneurial skills would contribute to wealth creation and employment opportunities.

Paul Juuko Kingsley, founder of the Uganda Europe Convention, emphasized the primary goal of connecting Ugandans in Europe with those in Uganda. The convention, operating under the theme “Enhancing Entrepreneurship and Innovation,” aims to enhance the lives of Ugandans on both sides of the continental divide, fostering connections and collaboration among the community.

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Busiinge Aggrey
Busiinge Aggrey
Business Aggrey" is a 23-year-old Ugandan journalist and Editor-in-Chief at The Black Examiner newspaper