President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni, yesterday toured the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in the city of Milan, Italy.
The church is one of the heritage sites of the ancient city Milan.
It has the famous painting of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci.
The painting represents the scene of the last supper of Jesus with his disciples, as it is told in the Gospel of John.
Later, the president travelled to Bergamo, a city in Lombardy where he addressed a conference under the theme: ‘UGANDA, LAND OF OPPORTUNITIES’.
“I urged them to visit our country Uganda because of the good weather, investment opportunities, peace and security.”
He said the population of Africa will be 2.5 billion by 2050-the largest population will be from Africa and this is a big continent.
“If they want to make their country Italy prosperous it is wise to deal with Africa because Africa is one of the stimuli for prosperity.”
Museveni said prosperity can be ensured by two players that is the producer and consumer.
“If Africa produces and Europe buys, you are assisting our prosperity and yours. The relationship between Africa and Europe is important.”
He said China’s economy grew bigger recently characterised by a lot of construction works hence creating a big demand in Africa and because of that, the price of cement, steel and copper went up.
“In terms of strategic interests in Africa, I would like to interest you to Uganda and East Africa because we shall be the stimuli of modern development.”
“There is nothing produced on the globe that can’t be produced in Uganda. Our human resource is ideal too, the literacy rate has gone up to 72%.”
He added: “You will also get low cost of production. Electricity for manufacturing should not be more than USD 5 cents per unit (low tariff) but for other purposes it can go up to USD 11 cents per unit.”
The president said Uganda has a big supply of minerals like copper, phosphates, gold, iron ore and even petroleum and gas.
“You can be linked with either agriculture or mining.”
He said the government was setting up an information desk under the President’s office and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the Ugandans in diaspora and people around the world interested in investing and touring Uganda.