Muni University is set to host the inaugural Germany-Uganda investment symposium. The event organized by government through Operation Wealth Creation will take place in Arua from 24th to 26th July this year.
Dr. Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari, the event’s chairman national organizing committee told press yesterday that this was a step towards empowering West Nile region in business.
Rukaari says it is now time to change narratives about this region which has heavily been ravaged by wars and forced migration.
“West Nile is the epitome of business transactions between different countries. Hence with this symposium, we shall market West Nile and the Upper Nile”, he said.
Riding on the region’s huge agricultural potential, Rukaari says locals will benefit from agro-centered partnerships that are being initiated with Germans.
Bordering Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the west and South Sudan to the North, West Nile also lies 160 km to the border with Central African Republic (CAR).
Prof. Christine Dranzoa, the Muni vice chancellor said the choice of venue matches with the mantra of the university. Particularly, she says the niche of this institution is to be a center of entrepreneurship and techno-science.
“We are going to develop partnerships with regional universities in German and Europe so that we develop very unique academic programs for skilling and retooling both Ugandans and persons across the border”
With work on the 32 KV Olwiyo transmission line on course, George Piwanga Jalobo a board member Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) says more is about to come. Jolobo says in time to come, industrial parks will prop up which will in turn force factories to shift base here.
The two-day event targets scholars, business expatriates and organizations involved in Uganda, North Eastern DRC and South Sudan.
The theme is “transformation of Africa’s Upper Nile Valley through Pan African Peace Building and Holistic Development”.