The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday met and asked the visiting Presidents of Major Jewish American Organisations to support Uganda’s agricultural sector.
Kadaga urged the investors to invest in the sector considering that Uganda’s economy largely depends on agriculture.
“It is important for us to continue with the process of value addition. We produce milk, cotton, fish and coffee. If we are able to have more processing facilities, it would be good for us,” said Kadaga.
She also interested the investors in industrial parks, saying that this would not only address the high youth unemployment in Uganda, but also provide market for Ugandan products.
“We have a number of industrial parks in the country and I would be happy to see some investment there,” said Kadaga.
In view of strengthening relationships and the need to promote tourism between the two countries, Kadaga re-echoed plans to establish a museum in Entebbe in memory of Yonatan Netanyahu, the brother to Israeli Prime Minister who was killed in Entebbe 40 years ago.
“I am sure this will also help us to activate the El Al Airline. The airline only comes to Nairobi and not Uganda. This will be another way of establishing the airlink,” Kadaga said.
Sam Lyomoki (NRM, Worker’s) who is the Deputy Chairperson of the Uganda Israel Parliamentary Caucus asked the American Jewish investors to advocate for establishment of an Israeli Embassy in Uganda.
“One of the things that has always come up during these meetings is the issue of an embassy. Right now, we have an embassy in Kenya but at an appropriate time, you can think about us and we work together to make sure that our relationships are consolidated,” said Lyomoki.
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