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OPINION: Let’s celebrate lower middle income status With champaign

This achievement is not by default but designed by all Ugandans and the NRM leadership through joint efforts by all stakeholders.

The author; Ben Ssebuguzi is the Uganda Poor Youth Movement (UPYM) Secretary General (Photo/File)

No matter how you choose to celebrate, always give thanks and praise to God (Dhuwa) when you achieve a milestone.

During the State of Nation Address by our President, General Yoweri Kaguta Museven, announced that our GDP per capita has reached $1046,which is more than the known threshold of $1030. This achievement is not by default but designed by all Ugandans and the NRM leadership through joint efforts by all stakeholders.

As economists,we shouldn’t take this for granted despite the fact that it has come at a time when our country is grappling with surge in commodity prices. Despite the fact that this good news has come at a time when aggregate demand is too low and business are suffering from low turnover, however, we should not be shy to celebrate this milestone with champaign given the history of our country since 1971 when our economy was on it’s knees.

In his book, LIFE AFTER UNIVERSITY, a self help book on page 40, Ben Ssebuguzi states that we should make it important to celebrate the little wins along the way. Waiting for only major wins to celebrate will make us burnout. We therefore thank government for the various undertakings like the robust road network with majority feeder roads to markets, stabilising power, peace and security, agriculture intervations that has made us register surpluses in maize, milk hence enabling regional exports.

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Industrial success and value addition where we now produce surplus sugar is not taken for granted, IT field where we have Electronic single window to facilitate trade, National broadband policy, among others that have helped us to achieve lower middle income status.We should not forget the mineral development in oil, gold among others.

CONGS UGANDANS 👍💐

The writer is a poor youth movement Secretary general and author of book LIFE AFTER UNIVERSITY

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