By: Ismael Kasooha

The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has encouraged Italian business people to invest in Uganda.

In her keynote address at the 5th European Corporate Council on Africa and the Middle East (ECAM Council) Summit at Westin Hotel in Rome, Italy on Tuesday, she highlighted several investment opportunities in various areas in Uganda.

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah (right) shaking hands with the Head of the Italian Confindustria in Rome, Italy

Last year, the Premier addressed the 4th ECAM Council summit which discussed food security. This year’s conference, which Nabbanja addressed after delivering H.E. President Yoweri Museveni’s speech at the Italy-Africa Summit, focused on healthcare and investments.

Nabbanja told the potential investors that business opportunities exist in agriculture, manufacturing, construction, tourism, energy, and mineral value-addition, among others. She added that Uganda has some of the best investment environments and policies to facilitate business.

Nabbanja explained that the country has exported raw materials such as coffee beans to developed countries over the years, but now wants investors who can make products from its numerous raw materials for export.

This, she explained, will also create employment opportunities for Ugandans. The Premier said Uganda wants trade opportunities instead of aid from the developed countries.

At the summit, the Prime Minister of Eswatini Rt. Hon. Russell Mmemo Dlamini said Africa’s future is bright, and that the continent offers numerous opportunities for partnerships and development.

The Foreign Affairs Ministers from Tanzania and South Sudan January Makamba and James Pitia also stressed the need for meaningful partnerships between Africa and the development world.