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MUSEVENI, UN CHIEFS DISCUSS UGANDA'S DEVELOPMENT

Saturday, 5th May 2018
Museveni shares a moment with his guests at State House after the meeting. PPU PHOTO

President Yoweri Museveni has met the visiting high-level mission of Executive Board members of six (6) United Nations Agencies who called on him last evening at State House, Entebbe.

The high-level mission members are in Uganda to assess thework of the United Nations in supporting the country's development efforts witha view to helping Uganda achieve its efforts to attain the SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs).

The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDPRepresentative in Uganda, Ms. Rosa Malango, led the 35 member-strong delegationof the Executive Boards of the UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF, WFP and UN-Women.

President Museveni commended the delegation for coming to Uganda to seek for practical solutions to the challenges that are affecting Africa. "It's good that you have bothered to come in the field and see for yourself," he said.

He discussed Uganda's and Africa's transformation journey that even though this part of the world is rich, it has encountered a lot of bottlenecks such as ideological disorientation, fragmentation of markets that do not attract big investments and hostility to the private sector by past regimes, among others. He told the delegation that as the NRM government has been and continues to address most of the challenges, like building power dams for electricity generation and construction of roads, the UN humanitarian agencies should direct their efforts to what affects people most in Africa.

He was optimistic that once the enumerated challenges areaddressed Africa will become a big powerhouse. He, therefore, called on the UNAgencies to put their efforts on the funding of crucial areas such aselectricity generation that will result in industrialization and getting peopleout of wetlands, among others.

Others issues that the meeting discussed included refugees,development and relief as well peace and stability in the Region.

The delegation commended the President for hisgreat work in Uganda in particular and Africa in general; noting that he hasshowed great leadership in different sectors at national level in advancing thenational development agenda. They also appreciated the government's support tothe UN systems in the country and pledged to continue working with Uganda.

Source: By Monitor Reporter

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