Ireland to Help Uganda Create 1million Jobs by 2020

Irish minister for Diaspora and International Development; Mr. Joe McHugh

The Republic of Ireland has Monday committed to support Uganda’s strategic plan that upon full implementation will provide up to 1million jobs to Ugandans, drugs between the years 2016 to 2020.

The commitment was made before the press by the country’s minister for Diaspora and International Development; Mr. Joe McHugh at the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) in Kampala.

He was flanked by a delegation of businessmen from Ireland and as well as the Irish ambassador to Uganda Donal Cranin.

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The Minister revealed that he is in the country to discuss this ambitious plan by the UIA, create jobs for 1million Ugandans by 2020.

During earlier meetings with UIA Managing Director Frank Sebowa and Ugandan officials, Minister McHugh revealed that they discussed at length especially Ireland’s priorities in Uganda in the area of trade and investments over the next five years.

Earlier this year, Ireland supported the UIA staff training in the area of strategic investment and export promotion.

“Earlier this morning l launched Ireland new 5year plan for Uganda. l am delighted that for the first time this plan also includes our engagement in the area of trade and investment promotion. This shows how the relationship between Ireland and Uganda has matured and moved beyond purely development assistance and towards a more multi- faceted relationship incorporation strengthened trade, investment, tourism and people to people links,” he said.

“Enhancing trade between our two countries will complement our aid programs and support independent development, while ensuring that growth is as inclusive as possible.”

McHugh also revealed that Ireland will continue to encourage linkages between them and Ugandan companies and institutions with a particular focus on sharing some of the learning areas in the fields agro-processing tourism, ICT, aviation and pharmaceutical.


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