Museveni: Africa’s Young Population a Powerful Engine for Dev’t

PM Rugunda (2nd R) at Leo Africa forum lecture at Serena hotel this week  (L) Gichuru & Mwenda (R)

The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni has welcomed the new Israeli Ambassador to Uganda resident in Nairobi, pharm online Yahel Vilan who called on her at State House Nakasero this week.

The First Lady and Ambassador Yahel Vilan talked about the possibility of Uganda working together with the Government of Israel to improve agriculture production in the country particularly in the Karamoja region through irrigation.

Janet Museveni said the people of Karamoja could learn a great deal from the Israelites for instance how to trap water in the rainy season and how to do irrigation in the dry seasons.

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“We want to do irrigation across the country. When we do irrigation, sickness then we will finally have got a break through with agriculture in Karamoja”, sildenafil she said.

Ambassador Vilan acknowledged that a lot can be achieved in agriculture with the introduction of irrigation technologies and promised to consult some Israeli companies about this investment opportunity.

He said he would ask his Ministry to enable him come to Uganda every two months for more interactions.

From drip irrigation to natural pesticides, Israeli innovations are helping to fill hungry bellies everywhere, but particularly in the developing world.

Since the 1950s, Israelis have not only been finding miraculous ways to green their own desert but have shared their discoveries far and wide.

Israeli drip and micro-irrigation solutions have since rapidly spread worldwide. The newest models are self-cleaning and maintain uniform flow rate regardless of water quality and pressure.

Yahel Vilan is Ambassador of Israel to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Seychelles and Malawi and prior to his appointment to Uganda he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in India.

Uganda and Israel have enjoyed friendly relations since 1994 when political and economic ties were renewed.
President Museveni has said the youth can be a positive force for a country’s development if they are well equipped with the knowledge, capsule skills and opportunities they need to thrive such as access to the job market.

The President said one of the greatest challenges facing many countries was inadequate human capital investment and high unemployment rates among the youth.

The President’s remarks were made on his behalf by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who represented him at the Leo Africa Forum distinguished lecture on the State of Africa on the eve of a new global development agenda at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Wednesday.

The lecture which focused on harnessing opportunities for a growing youth population was moderated by Kenyan award winning journalist Julie Gichuru, the host of Africa leadership dialogues.

President Museveni said all people should be proud of what has been accomplished so far by the millennium development goals (MDGs) as they usher in this new development agenda.

Mr. Museveni said inadequate investment in the health and education of the young people limits their ability to reach their full productive potential and to contribute to economic development.

“As youth transition to healthy adulthood and gain job skills through education, jobs must be available if the current large number of youth is to become a dividend for a nation and spur accelerated economic growth,” Museveni said.

He noted that by 2050, there will be more than 400 million Africans between the ages of 15 and 24, more than double the number today.

“Africa’s present and future belong to its youths. Harnessing youthful energy is a sure pathway to peace, prosperity and growth,” noted Museveni.

The President said the NRM vision was to transform Uganda into a peaceful, united, democratic, harmonious, industrialized and prosperous state within a strong, federated East Africa.

“Most of African economies and assistance must be tailored towards fairness in trade and opening up of new market opportunities as opposed to aid,” said the President.

The motivator of the lecture, Andrew Mwenda hailed Government for heavily investing in the development of infrastructure which he said was crucial for the development of Uganda’s economy.

This lecture was inspired by the recent adoption of the sustainable development goals by the 70th UN General assembly as the new international development framework replacing the millennium development goals.


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