The Operation Wealth Creation Chief Coordinator, Gen Salim Saleh has held a fruitful meeting with African American development partners, Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi, and local business leaders, at Napak State Lodge in Karamoja.
During the meeting, Gen Saleh said President Museveni has a special consideration for Karamoja and to this he assigned him the responsibility of promoting trade and investment in the area.
“The Karamoja region has been overlooked for too long, and we are determined to change that. We are committed to working with our African American development partners to create new opportunities and transform the lives of local communities,” Gen Saleh said.
Ambassador Walusimbi highlighted the vast opportunities available in Karamoja, encouraging the African American development partners to invest in the area.
“Karamoja region is ripe for investment, and we welcome the opportunity to work with African American development partners to unlock its potential,” he stated.
Walusimbi mentioned that President Museveni is focused on turning Uganda into an investment hub, adding that the president ensured continued peace and stability, in a bid to boost trade and investment.
The Executive Director of Uganda Communication Commission, Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, noted that boosting the film sector is possible in the Karamoja, revealing plans of building the biggest film production facilities in Africa.
“The film industry has the potential to create jobs and drive economic growth in the region, and we are committed to supporting its development,” she said.
One of the African American development partners, said the signing of an MOU between the American delegation and the Karamoja community, is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation in driving progress.
Additionally, he reckoned that it showed them vast opportunities available, and they look forward to working with local leaders to realize its potential.
Jie County MP, Lokii Peter Abraham, who has represented the area for the last 20 years, welcomed the development partners, and implored them to take advantage of the investment opportunities in Karamoja.
He also thanked President Museveni for improving infrastructure, including tarmac roads and electricity, which apparently favours the setting up of ventures in the area.
Multi-millionaire Kodet Cornelius Loreka who is also the chairman of Kodet International Limited thanked President Museveni for giving them the government chief listener, Gen. Salim Saleh, who has made Karamoja an investment destination, by luring development partners, thus, generating new opportunities and improving livelihoods.
The meeting was attended by Operation Wealth Creation Principal Advisor, Maj Gen Idro Phillips, Secretary General, Lomma Phillips Limlim, among others.