President Yoweri Museveni has commended the private sector for the good work it has done within the Northern Corridor area.
He made the remarks during a dinner that was hosted by the Private Sector in honour of the Heads of State of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, who are attending the 10th Northern Corridor Summit that opened yesterday at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.
The dinner was attended by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.
“The Private Sector has done good work. I agree with the stand of private sector-led growth. Let us involve them in the growth process,” he said.
Mr. Museveni informed the guests that the Government of Uganda was giving more attention to the private sector.
President Museveni revealed that the NRM Government is committed to using low cost finance to expand electricity supply and rail network in the country.
He noted that if we use locally produced cement and steel, it would enhance Government development efforts.
He also said that plans were underway to manufacture railway slippers within the country.
He revealed that the Government would work with the private sector to refine iron ore and manufacture rail construction materials.
President Museveni reminded Civil Servants that their role was to modernize and develop Uganda.
He, therefore, criticized Government officials who tax mineral prospectors and developers before they generate income adding that the practice was not acceptable.
He commended President Kenyatta for abolishing the mentality of some Kenyans who took it that they were doing Uganda a favour by allowing our goods to transit though their country.