Kadaga says President’s office failed Agoa


The Speaker Rt. Hon. Rebecca has called for the relocation of the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) from the President’s Office for effective delivery of its objectives.

The Speaker’s call followed a revaluation by Uganda’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington DC.

Ambassador Alfred Nnam who said, “AGOA had been extended for a further five years following negotiations with the United States Government.”

Presiding over the Trade and Investment Forum at the ongoing 27th Uganda North America Association Convention in New Orleans, US on Friday 4th September 2015, Rt. Hon. Kadaga said that AGOA had failed over the past 15 years because it is housed in a wrong office.

“We need to move it out of the President’s Office where it is headed by a Presidential Advisor to a Ministry,” she said.

Kadaga added that the Presidential Advisor only reports to the President and is not accountable to Parliament which causes a problem.

She called for the involvement of all Ugandans in the AGOA programme.

The Speaker rallied the Ugandans in the Diaspora to take advantage of the recently passed Public Private Partnership Act and invest back in Uganda.

She particularly called for investment in vocational training saying education is now a profitable area.

“Invest and make money in education because schools are very necessary. I urge you to open up institutions to train Ugandans in the soon to be lucrative oil sector,” she added.

Kadaga also asked Ugandans to take advantage of the Pope’s visit later in the year and market the country’s religious tourism.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Registration Service Bureau, Bemanya Twebaze who was part of the panelists at the Investors Forum revealed that the time for registration of businesses had been reduced from 30 working days to 24 hours.

We are working on bringing it down to six hours,” he said.

Several Ugandan organizations including NSSF, Uganda Investment Authority, KCCA, Umeme, Uganda Tourism Board, Post Bank and National Housing and Construction Corporation led by their CEOs are at the UNAA Convention to engage Ugandans in the diaspora and encourage them to invest back home.

The Vice President H.E Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi is leading the Government delegation to the Convention which is also attended by Olive Wonekha, the head of the Ugandan diplomatic Mission in Washington, DC.

MPs Elijah Okupa, Betty Namugwanya, Kasule Sebunya, Christine Aporu and Flavia Kabahenda are attending the Convention.

Others are Reagan Okumu, William Nokrach and Mukasa Mbidde (EALA).

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