First Lady of the Republic of Uganda and Minister for Karamoja Affairs.
The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni, has called upon Ugandans in the diaspora to invest in Karamoja and help the region harness its natural resources and potential so that prosperity becomes a reality.
She made this call in her presentation about her experiences, successes and challenges of work in Karamoja during the second Ugandan UK Convention in London on Saturday.
The 2012 Ugandan UK Convention which ran along with the Diaspora Trade and Investment Expo 2012 under the theme “Aspiring for Sustainable Prosperity”, was promoting Uganda as the preferred investment destination for Ugandans in the diaspora.
Mrs. Museveni described Karamoja as a region full of investment opportunities and encouraged all Ugandans, friends, partners in development and entrepreneurs from within and outside Uganda to pursue and exploit them for the good of the Karimojong and Uganda at large. She cited examples of the endowed Kidepo National Game Park plus the stunning and unique scenery and the undisturbed habitat in the region that she said offers tremendous opportunity for eco-tourism. She also pointed out the rich volcanic soils which investors could take advantage of to engage in mechanised commercial crop and livestock agriculture and be able to feed the market within Uganda as well as the regional and global demands.
Other investment opportunities that Mrs. Museveni identified in Karamoja include the exploitation of various minerals, solar and geothermal renewable energy production, use of the vast lands for large forest plantations to offer carbon credit to partners from industrialised countries as well as contribute to climate change mitigation.
“Uganda’s development cannot be complete without the development of Karamoja,” Mrs. Museveni said and pledged the Government of Uganda’s commitment to support any endeavour towards enhancing the prosperity of Karamoja.