She expressed her gratitude at being invited and said that the convention was one way of bringing Ugandans together to participate in the national affairs. She said that the government is looking at the Diaspora as partners in development and that it appreciates the continued support it has given in many ways over the years living away from home.
The government recognizes that most, if not all of the Diaspora are people called erroneously ‘refugees’. But analysis shows that it is by choice that people have moved and live in the Diaspora. She urged people to feel free to approach the government to discuss the development of Uganda. She praised the first Ugandan UK Convention as a great innovation and invention, calling it also a historic occasion and was happy to able to share her work plan, calling on investors and partners to help with the economic and social development of the Teso region. She mentioned openings in the sectors of infrastructure, the construction of a university which will need lecturers, and a food processing factory.