Uganda hosted African Now Summit 2019
President Museveni of Uganda addressing participants yesterday
at Africa Now Summit.(Photo credit PPU)
By Martin Manyiel Wugol in Kampala, Uganda
The Ugandan President presented a strong paper in Africa Now Summit 2019 held in Munyonyo. The President delivered a paper on the type of leadership Africa needed to catalyze Africa’s transformation. We first need to understand what is meant by transformation like in the 1960s, economists were talking about growth and development. Growth was supposed to mean quantitative expansion of the respective sectors.For example the growth of more coffee, cotton and many other cash crops Africa have.
The Africa Now 2019 Summit was held under the theme, “Towards a secure, Integrated and growing Africa,” Africa Now Conference 2019 aims to harness the interminable energy of the African youth in forging a secure, integrated and growing Africa. Building effective Youth-Business Alliances is critical for growing economies, generating opportunities to address youth employment, as well as building and sustaining innovation, creating knowledge based economies and building the future of Africa now.
The Africa Now Conference 2019 was being held from March 12 and end 13, 2019 at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala, Uganda. As a major highlight, the Inaugural Africa Now Conference was co-chaired by His Excellency, Yoweri K Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, alongside other Heads of States and key business leaders on the continent.
“Development was a term that implied some qualitative changes propelling the economy and society to a higher level. Later on, however, when we became active on the scene”, the president said. He insisted on the use of the word “transformation”. Why? Because the level of an awareness of the issues risen above was very crucial for Africa’s transformation.
By addressing the above issues, it will enable us to create prosperity for our people and answer the question of why our producers are generating a lot of goods and service products that find a ready market. The more we sell, the more we produce said the president, the more we produce, the more jobs we create and the wider the tax base. The more taxes we collect, the better social services we deliver to the African governments and are able to provide adequate services to African citizens.
Today, the African population is 1.25 billon with a purchasing power of US$6.757 trillion.
Therefore, by 2050 this population will be 2.5bn. Uganda alone will be 102 million people with much bigger purchasing power; Africa will be the engine of the World economy provided we solve the bottlenecks as strategy to achieve Africa transformation.
Ugandan president met Kenyan deputy president on the sideline meeting at Speke Resort Munyonyo Dr William Ruto discuses developmental issues between Uganda and Kenya as sisterly countries of East Africa Community.
The Africa Now Summit 2019 was organized in Ugandan capital to handle African youth and integration of African people, where head of states and governments converged for two days to chart way forward, in attendance including host president of Uganda H.E Museveni of Uganda, deputy president of Kenya Dr William Ruto, Somalia president as well other countries represented by their ambassadors where South Sudan was equally represented by acting ambassador H.E ambassador Majur Muorwel.
Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone, South Sudan delegate to the conference an official of South Sudan Embassy in Uganda,spokesperson David Amuor Majur said,“the event was fruitful because the essential issues discussed were centralized on Africa transformation which was what we struggle for last 50 years of our struggle in the Sudan and now South Sudan to transform our civil population to be productive both technically and mentally” said David Amuor.
The event started 12 March 2019 and ended on 13/03/2019 at Munyongo Commonwealth Speke Resort in Kampala. H. E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia, H.E Dr. William Samoei Ruto of Kenya, H. E. Samia Hassan Suluhu, Vice President of Tanzania