The Government of Uganda has applauded Asian investors, those from Pakistan in particular, for their contribution towards the development of Uganda’s economy and tipped them on value-addition.
During the commemoration of the ‘Pakistan Day’ at a function held last week in Kampala, Hon Fredrick Ggoobi, the State Minister for Trade said Government appreciates the investors’ contribution to Uganda, noting that there are still more untapped investment opportunities awaiting them.
“We request you to get more of your colleagues to invest here especially in adding value to Ugandan produce before it is exported to other countries. We promise to continue providing the required security and all support services to you,” Ggoobi said.
The Minister added that Uganda’s mining, agriculture and pharmaceutical sectors still have a wide range of investment opportunities.
Anderson Bulora, the Resident City Commissioner (RCC) for Nakawa, applauded the Pakistan investors for being at the fore front when it comes to job creation particularly in his area of jurisdiction.
“These investors have opened up car bonds and industries which are employing many of the Ugandans. We want to look at development of the nation in terms of economy not basing on religious and tribal lines,” Bulora said.
Ghulam Rabbami, the Chairman for Pakistan Community in Uganda, noted that they always commemorate this day to remember and honor the people who were behind Pakistan’s big dream of having an independent country.
“Some years back, we dreamt of having an independent country and lucky enough, we fulfilled this dream in 1947,” Ghulam noted.
Adding: “So far, we have been able to participate in numerous Corporate Social Responsibility drives in which we have directly touched the lives of many needy people here, in a country that has become a home to us.”
Rabbami revealed they have already kicked off with free food distribution under a program they are going to carry on with every Friday in all districts of Uganda.
“We also proposed to construct over 100 bore holes throughout Uganda and so far, we have been able to finish 19 in areas of Mayuge and other Eastern districts where people can now access clean water,” he added.