Education Holds Key to Unlock Africa’s Economic Transformation – Rugunda

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to reinforce their unity as the country prepares to host Pope Francis this week, hospital Chimp Corps report.

The President said Kenyans should reconcile with each other and work for peace in the country as well as the whole of Africa.

“Kenya is a country that has strong faith and it is God who guides as, viagra buy ” said the President, visit this who spoke at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Karen, Nairobi.

President Kenyatta spoke after taking part in a ceremony to receive a replica of the Ark of the Covenant on Sunday.

The ceremony was attended by many diplomats including the envoys of Mozambique, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville and Burundi.

Kenya’s Ambassador to Israel Lt Gen (Rtd) Augostino Njoroge also attended the event.

The President said the Pope’s visit will reinforce faith and also called on Kenyan’s to put the interest of the country first.

The Vicar General of the Shrine, Fredrick Otieno, thanked President Kenyatta for being a close friend of the Church.

He said the Pope’s visit was a blessing for Kenya and indication of the friendship Kenya has created in the last few years.

“The visit by US President Barack Obama and the Pope’s visit now show that Kenya is blessed and has good friends,” said the Vicar General. Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich was the main celebrant at the service.

The replica of the Ark of the Covenant was handed over by Sister Grace Gupana from Israel.
Dubai-UAE: Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has called for further review in the education programmes, this to address Africa’s development agenda.

He said respective Africa Governments should set policies that focus on quality education to close the skills gap.

Rugunda was addressing the African Global Business Forum where he represented President Yoweri Museveni.

The two days conference held under the theme; ‘New Drivers – New Partners’, this took place at the Atlantis The Palm, hospital Dubai late last week.

Now in its third year, the African Global Business Forum was organized by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is also UAE Vice President and ruler of Dubai.

This year’s African Global Business Forum, focused on the new drivers and partners of growth for Africa.

The Prime Minister addressed the forum on the theme; ‘Filling the Skills Gap – Developing Africa’s 21st Century Workforce’. The session discussed the importance of education in providing innovative solutions.

Rugunda said that if African countries are to continue to grow, educational institutions and the private sector will need to focus on filling the skills gap.

The session discussed what was needed to ensure that young Africans are capable of meeting the needs of the emerging knowledge economy and produce innovative solutions to meet the continent’s challenges.

Rugunda informed the Forum participants that Uganda Government had allocated the education sector the second largest budget.

He said Government now focuses on skilling the youth to enable them make a positive contribution to national growth and development.

“University intake in Uganda had risen from five thousand to two hundred and fifty thousand in the last thirty years,” he said.

He also pointed out the need for African countries to ensure security and good policies in order to attract foreign investments in education.


Rugunda said that in Uganda, Government was working closely with the private sector to close the education and skills gap.

“We have agreed with investors to train Ugandans in relevant skills as an empowerment plan especially in the Oil and Gas sector,” he said, adding, “There has to be knowledge transfer to the local population as well.”

Responding to a question about how effective was Uganda’s Vision 2040 in implementing the Uganda’s second National Development Plan, Rugunda said, “Vision 2040 was on course and the necessary policy and implementation framework was in place,” adding that Uganda Government was confident that the objectives of Vision 2040 will be achieved.

While answering concerns raised about Uganda’s raising population and its consequence on national development, the Premier explained that population growth in Uganda was a result of a very successful health programme such as immunization, reduction of maternal and child deaths and reduction in HIV/AIDS infections.

“However, Uganda is boosting reproductive health programmes to ensure that parents get children by choice not by chance,” he said.

The session was also addressed by the former Transitional Prime Minister, Republic of Mali Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra.

He said that there was need for African countries to collaborate and share information about the requisite skills to develop the continent.

“In order to be efficient, African states must identify the right skills that will facilitate the development agenda,” he said.

The Founder and Vice – Chairman, Midcom Group in the United Arab Emirates, Anand Kapoor, also addressed the session. The Midcom Group has investments in Uganda in the communications and education sector. Anand Kapoor promised to send his team to Uganda to follow up on other available investment opportunities.

The session was attended by Uganda’s delegation which included the State Minister in Charge of Investments Aston Kajara, State minister for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Sports Professor Tickodri Togboa and the President of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Olive Kigongo.


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