Amb Walusimbi urges Ugandan diaspora to stay focused as govt works on their concerns

The Senior presidential advisor on diaspora affairs, Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi (R) addressing the Ugandan diaspora in Qatar on September 18, 2023. PHOTO/HANDOUT

Government is committed to solving the concerns of Ugandans abroad, the senior presidential advisor on diaspora affairs Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi has revealed.

Amb Walusimbi who was addressing a group of investors and people from the East African country at the Uganda Embassy in Doha, Qatar, encouraged the Ugandan diaspora to “stay positive and continue focusing on work as government resolves isolated issues affecting them away from their home country.”

“Similar challenges face the diaspora communities elsewhere but government treats all Ugandans in the diaspora as one unit, thus crafting ways to resolve the one-off cases,” Hajj Walusimbi told the Ugandan Community in Qatar (UGACOQ) on Monday.

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Meanwhile, the Ambassador also urged accelerated investments and fostering trade, through value-addition and exportation of Ugandan traditional agricultural products, like pineapples and oranges to the new huge markets in Qatar and its neighbouring Gulf States.

On his part, the deputy head of the Ugandan embassy in Doha, Ambassador Muhammed Baswari Kezaala, commended Ugandans in Qatar for being well-organized and united.

“Uganda’s government should consider providing business operators with a cargo airline to ease the sending and receiving of goods. This will also help in promoting Uganda,” Mr Kezaala said.

Speaking at the same dialogue, Sheema NRM Entrepreneurs’ League Chairperson, Mr Biziira Boaz Webare called upon business people to take advantage of opportunities in Uganda and invest in the country.

Consequently, a delegation of potential investors is expected in Uganda in October 2023, to exploit the vast investment opportunities.

In their joint remarks, Ugandans in Qatar hailed the presidency for establishing the embassy and diaspora desks which “have brought by far better services closer to them.”

There are nearly 650, 000 Ugandans littered across the globe, according to estimates by the United Nations, and diplomatic sources indicate that Uganda is inching closer to signing a tripartite bilateral labour agreement involving its nationals and Qatar.

However, Ugandans in Qatar have already benefited from likely opportunities of the agreement, with the performing arts group, ‘Twegatte Dance Troupe’, ranked among the top performers at the 2022 World Cup.

“As a result, some members of the group led by the Ugandans in Qatar Head of Cultural Affairs & NRM Chapter Benson Akampumuza were awarded scholarships in Canada and USA where they will perform at the 2026 World Cup,” the Ugandan embassy notes.

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More so, thanks to the great effort of the Chairperson of the Ugandan Community in Qatar (UGACOQ), Saul Rayan Aliguma, who mobilizes and unites members.

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