TORONTO: The Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, who is also NRM Diaspora League Chairperson, Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi, has reiterated his appeal for a Diaspora resource pool, spearheaded the Diaspora community, where members can deposit money and skills to be invested back home.
Walusimbi made the remarks, shortly before the 3rd Deputy Premier, Rt. Hon. Rukia Isanga Nakadama, who on Saturday officially opened the two-day Canada NRM Chapter Symposium, at Woodbine Banquet & Convention Hotel & Suites, Toronto City.
The Ambassador stressed that Ugandans back home were counting on the attendees to return, and share skills obtained from the exposure in the first world economies. “We can’t leave the development of our motherland to only the foreign investors. While I acknowledge their massive contributions to our economy, it’s time we also wake up to supplement their efforts”, Walusimbi added.
In addition, the Ambassador disclosed that H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni donated land for the Diaspora industrial park, which they should utilize for existing opportunities in agro-processing, hospitality, tourism, education and health sectors, among others.
The NRM Diaspora League Chairperson urged the Ugandan community in Canada to promote Uganda’s rich cultural heritage, vast investment potential, and untapped opportunities, which will in turn attract foreign investment, foster international partnerships, thus socio-economic development.
Walusimbi reckoned that this, should be under guiding principles of patriotism, pan-africanism, cooperation, unity and progress. “Together let’s work towards a future where Uganda stands tall on the global stage, a nation that embodies the ideals of unity, dialogue, peace, prosperity and inclusivity”, he noted.
The Senior Immigration Officer from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr. Igella Patrick, made a presentation on immigration and citizenship, calling upon members to apply for e-passports.
On his part, the Chairperson of the NRM chapter in Canada, Mr. Fred Kinene, commended His Excellency President Museveni for his continued support toward the annual occasion. He said this, is the second event and promised to keep rotating them, starting next year.
The Symposium, which was Sunday officially reach its climax, was being attended by; Uganda’s High Commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Ambassador Joy Ruth Acheng, Presidency Minister, Hon. Milly Babalanda, Lands Minister, Hon. Judith Nabakooba, Presidency Minister, NRM Deputy Secretary General, Rt. Hon. Rose Namayanja, Members of Parliament, NRM Director for Administration and Finance, Hajat Medina Naham Ojale, Senior Presidential Advisor for Political Affairs, Spokesperson of NRM party, Rogers Mulindwa, Moses Byaruhanga & Presidential Aide, Sandra Ndyomugyenyi, Officials from Foreign & Internal Affairs & Education Ministries, Presidential Advisors and Assistants, including Hon. Mutyabule Florence, and Uganda Hotel Owners Association Chairperson, Susan Muhwezi, among others.
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