Uganda Needs Trade Not Aid, Says President Museveni

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President Yoweri Museveni has said Uganda needs the world to buy its products so the country can enhance its trade relations and not aid from the donors.

Museveni was speaking at the opening session of the 2-day African Faith Leaders’ Summit on the Post 2015 Development Agenda today at Speke Resort, Munyonyo in Kampala on Tuesday where he emphasized need for the country to exploit its resources.

The summit is running under the theme “Enhancing Faith Communities Engagement on the Post 2015 Development Agenda” and has attracted religious leaders from the African continent.

“Uganda does not need Aid. Uganda is so rich and we should be the ones to give Aid. The only thing we need from the world is trade if they can buy our products. Aid becomes important when people are asleep,” Museveni said.

The President applauded how Uganda is rich and how those resources that can be exploited to transform her economic development saying the crucial requirement is markets to further enhance trade relations between Africa and the rest of the world.

He emphasized that he is not bothered over the Aid cuts by the donor community noting that, “Aid cutting is a good thing because it will wake up Ugandans in particular and Africans in general from sleep.”

Museveni said this will motivate Ugandans to work hard especially in commercial agriculture and create more wealth for the country.

Regardless of aid cut from some donors, President Museveni assured the delegates at the summit that Uganda’s national economy is growing.
Addressing the summit, the Chairperson of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, Metropolitan of Kampala and all Uganda, His Eminence Jonah Lwanga of the Orthodox Church, urged his fellow religious leaders to find urgent ways of dealing with violence in some of the affected countries of Africa.

He said Africa should unite and pool resources to support each other for development.

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