Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda addressed a town hall meeting of Ugandans in diaspora living in the Boston area. The meeting was held on 26th May 2015 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel.
In his remarks, the Prime Minister said Uganda has been totally peaceful for the past 10 years, following the defeat of the LRA in Northern Uganda and the ADF who had attempted to destabilize some parts of Western Uganda.
Dr. Rugunda said government has prioritized physical and social infrastructure as a way of ensuring that Uganda continues on a path of sustainable development. Because of the heavy investment in power generation and roads, investors can now set up shop in almost any part of Uganda. He said that other infrastructure development projects are in ongoing and one they are completed, Uganda will be more competitive for business. He singled out the, such as the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) connecting Eastern Africa under the Northern Corridor project which will connect Uganda to the rest of the region.
On social infrastructure, Dr. Rugunda said Uganda had achieved a lot in both education and health sectors. He however said there are still many opportunities for private investment in these sectors, and called on the diaspora to take on these opportunities.
Uganda¡¯s Ambassador to the USA, Oliver Wonekha, commended the contribution of the diaspora to the development of Uganda through remittances, and pledged the commitment of the Embassy in facilitating those who are looking for opportunities to make a contribution back home. Boston area has the highest concentration of Ugandans in North America, with an estimated 10,000 adults living there.
Source: Stilson Muhwezi