By Namugerwa Martha
HE. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed Ugandan ambassadors to acquaint themselves with the needs of the country especially in the areas of investment and job creation by attracting investors.
He made the directive during a meeting at State House Entebbe on Thursday where he tasked all ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions who are posted in different countries to explain Uganda’s policies towards investors especially to foreign press in order to lure them invest in Uganda.
“The foremost Job of an embassy is to attract investors. The Ministry of trade should be able to give you information regarding areas where investors are needed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and that of Trade are tasked to hunt for investment opportunities. I am happy to note that there is a directorate of Commercial diplomacy at MOFA, and this is where heads of missions should report any opportunities identified from their respective countries so that these are handled quickly,” Museveni said.
Museveni added that all heads of diplomatic missions and ambassadors have a huge responsibility of serving and advocating for their country in other countries like promoting Ugandan culture, creating a friendly business environment which can help grow the country in both tourism and economy.
He added that missions should work with Ugandans in the Diaspora and also help them “identify suitable investment ventures in Uganda.