sales geneva;”> here geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Mbabazi made the remarks on Monday while addressing the African Leadership Forum in New York which drew participants from African governments, business community, private sector and non- government organizations.
The Premier said Uganda the East African states are determined to fulfill the integration agenda and create a single economy with common infrastructure such as railway network across the region to fully benefit from the large market.
Mbabazi therefore stressed that the discovery of oil in the region and Uganda in particular is a great opportunity to develop the economies adding that Uganda and East African partner states are working together to exploit the oil resource and also to build a common pipeline.
The premier further noted that African economies are fragmented and their infrastructure is almost not functional yet it is critical for competitiveness and productivity in addition to reducing the cost of doing business and creating employment opportunities.
Mbabazi, however, noted that African leaders have demonstrated that they can create positive change if there is peace and stability on the continent.
Premier Mbabazi said African countries have found hope in working with China because of her pro-Government approach which gives African Countries a chance to exploit their resources for sustainable economic growth.
The prime minister said the relationship between China and Africa has brought a new paradigm in the relations between African countries and development partners.
Mbabazi explained that Uganda with most of her population under 20 years has started a skilling Uganda programme to meet the needs of the skilled man power to address unemployment which is still a big problem across Africa.
The United Nations under Secretary General and special advisor on Africa, Maged Abdelaziz called upon African countries to demonstrate the commitment to end poverty adding that it’s an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
The UN Advisor further called for the consolidation of peace and security which he said is linked to development.
Abdelaziz therefore called for special attention on youth and women empowerment, strong government institutions, private sector development and industrialization which he said will address the challenges of poverty and unemployment.