The Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has called for the relocation of the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) from the President’s Office for effective delivery of its objectives.
This she revealed during the 27th Uganda North America Association (UNNA) Convention in New Orleans.
The Speaker’s call followed a revaluation by Uganda’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington DC Ambassador Alfred Nnam, http://cnafinance.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/jetpack/class.jetpack-json-api-plugins-delete-endpoint.php who disclosed that AGOA had been extended for five more years following negotiations with the United States Government.
While presiding over the Trade and Investment Forum on Friday, cheapest Kadaga said that AGOA had failed over the past 15 years because it is housed in a wrong office.
“We need to move it out of the President’s Office where it is headed by a Presidential Advisor to a Ministry, case ” she said.
Kadaga added that the Presidential Advisor only reports to the President and is not accountable to Parliament which causes a problem.
She called for the involvement of all Ugandans in the AGOA program.
The Speaker rallied the Ugandans in the Diaspora to take advantage of the recently passed Public Private Partnership Act and invest back in Uganda.
She particularly called for investment in vocational training saying education is now a profitable area.
“Invest and make money in education because schools are very necessary. I urge you to open up institutions to train Ugandans in the soon to be lucrative oil sector,” she added.
Kadaga also asked Ugandans to take advantage of the Pope’s visit later in the year and market the country’s religious tourism.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Registration Service Bureau, Bemanya Twebaze who was part of the panelists at the Investors Forum revealed that the time for registration of businesses had been reduced from 30 working days to 24 hours.
“We are working on bringing it down to six hours,” he said.
The Vice President of Uganda, Edward Ssekandi and Chief Executive Officers of several Ugandan organizations including NSSF, Uganda Investment Authority, KCCA, Umeme, Uganda Tourism Board, Post Bank and National Housing and Construction Corporation attended the UNAA Convention to engage Ugandans in the Diaspora and encourage them to invest back home.
Opposition Peoples Development Party (PDP) president and 2016 presidential aspirant, page http://colbleu.fr/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/i18n/states/tr.php Dr. Abed Bwanika has expressed worry that the ongoing interference with consultative meetings of presidential aspirants by Electoral Commission and police might lead to election violence.
Bwanika told journalists at Melting pot hotel in Kampala that EC and Police are deliberately misinterpreting the law so as to offer an upper hand to the incumbent who is at liberty to hold rallies and consultations.
“There is a deliberate misinterpretation of the law by Electoral Commission (EC) and Uganda Police Force by disrupting peaceful consultation by honorable Amama Mbabazi, http://charadas.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-media-v1-2-endpoint.php ” Bwanika said.
“The provisions of the Presidential Elections Act are very clear and section 3 allows a presidential aspirant to consult the people of Uganda. It can’t be misinterpreted by EC that the provision calls for only indoor meetings, this is just a move in support of the incumbent.”
Bwanika added, “That is why the public has continued to fear that EC is not independent; the same provision allowed and guided Muntu and Besigye to move around the country, the law can’t be discriminatory, it must guide fairly and equally all the people of Uganda.”
The EC however insists that Besigye and Muntu’s rallies are permitted by the electoral guidelines since they were seeking mandate for their party flag, while Mbabazi is an independent candidate.