Post-NAM funds will help us harness long-term summit benefits

By Ben Ssebuguzi

During the recently concluded Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Kampala, the Ugandan President who is also the NAM chairman, Gen (Rtd) Yoweri Kaguta Museveni signed various trade agreements with various  Heads of state from other countries. This means that we need to create a sufficient budget to aid the coordination and actualization of these agreements for the benefit of Ugandans. 

Bilateral agreements are also called side deals between parties aiming to keep the trade deficit to a minimum. In these agreements, there is the elimination of tariffs and trade-related taxes in order to enjoy a price advantage and increase market share in global markets.

With such arrangements, these become opportunities for Private-sector goods to penetrate global markets. For these to happen, there are a series of meetings and collaborations to ensure that there is an even ground to allow fair trade.

I was disappointed on TV when I watched Hon Nkunyingi Muwada, MP for Kyadondo East protesting the budget line requesting FUNDS to help in the coordination and managing of the NAM affairs for the 3 years tenure of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as the Chairman of NAM. After making many gains in MICE infrastructure, the revenue and jobs created as short-term benefits, we should continue to stay alert to also harness long-term benefits like trade and investment opportunities, promotion of our national interests but also securing concession loans from member countries most especially when we are still in charge of Chairmanship of NAM. 

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Trade agreements can create opportunities for Ugandans and help to grow our economy. Those are laid out rules of the road for Ugandan companies looking to do business in markets around the world by reducing barriers to Ugandan exports and protecting Ugandan interests among others.

It is therefore imperative to use our NAM leadership role to achieve our exports target which will increase more jobs and foreign exchange.

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The writer; Ben Ssebuguzi is the Head of Research -Office of the National Chairman 


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