An integrated Africa will ensure a bigger market for Uganda’s produce and make the African continent and its people prosperous,
President Yoweri Museveni has said
“The government has already addressed most of the challenges including infrastructure development, health and education. We need to engage in commercial agriculture to improve incomes. The remaining challenge is integration of Africa. We have already moved forward with Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and we are now one market,” Museveni said yesterday while addressing Kasese residents at Bwera Secondary School, Bwera subcounty in Kasese.
The President, who was on a one day working tour to promote operation wealth creation, urged the people of Kasese to engage in modern agro production for food security and improved incomes.
He noted that with integration of Africa the issue of markets for our products will be sorted adding that South Sudan had already applied to join the EAC while the Democratic Republic of Congo may join for the region to enjoy a wider market. He stressed the need for the common market saying that without it the country would be stuck with surplus produce especially milk and fruits among others.
On youth unemployment, Museveni said government will now focus on skills development by increasing the number of technical schools at the sub county level. He said graduates will be empowered with job creation skills to improve their incomes and cautioned them against reckless lifestyles.
Museveni later commissioned a government funded six classroom block and a library at Bwera Secondary School.
The Defense Minister Dr Crispus Kiyonga commended the President and the government for the development programmes that have transformed the region.
The Bishop of South Rwenzori Diocese Jackson Nzerebende Tendo presented a spear and shield to the President as a sign of defense and protection for the country.