The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has asked Ugandan businessmen and exporters to try new markets if Rwanda cannot re-open her borders.
Rwanda closed Gatuna and Mirama Hills border posts in February, crippling trade and the movement of people between the two countries.
“If you are doing business, you should forget about Rwanda and look at other areas such as DR Congo. Let us go to other neighbours,” Amelia Kyambadde said during a breakfast meeting organised by the National Planning Authority (NPA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kampala.
NPA together with UNDP launched the five Breakfast Policy Series scheduled to take place between July and August 2019 as part of the efforts to inform the formulation of NDP 3.
“We can’t just confine ourselves to an economy of eight million people.”
Kyambadde also added that government was not willing to bail out anyone who has lost assets in Rwanda.
At the same meeting, FAO Country Representative Antonio Querido noted that food security in Uganda is still a challenge, which needs to be addressed. He also said that agriculture is still done in a “rudimentary” way which is labour intensive and limits production.
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