The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said Think Tanks should be nurtured and sustained because they enable sharing of ideas and exchange of knowledge for the development of the country.

He said Think Tanks encourage research, enabling different generations to make different contributions towards development especially liberating the Continent from its backwardness.

The Premier made the remarks while officiating at the launch of the Africa Strategic Leadership Center, a non-profit independent Think Tank positioning Africa in the 21st Century. The Function took place at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala on Tuesday.

The Center provides strategic foresight through influencing policy makers with evidence based research and policy analysis.

Rugunda thanked the founders of the Center, noting that it will help the young people to know what is happening in Africa and will also create solutions that will help liberate Africa.

“The Africa Strategic Leadership Center will create full awareness of the concrete solutions of Africa by providing realities on the ground with sustainable solutions for the development of Africa,” Rugunda said.

Rugunda saluted African leaders who struggled for African liberation. He however condemned pessimism among Africans and called for celebration of Africa’s journey especially its history and transformation to enable it regain its pride and also make it attractive to others.

“Let us not be pessimistic about Africa. Africa has had some challenges but let us recognize the great victory, achievements and contributions that Africa has made. We need to transform Africa into a continent that we as Africans should be proud of and also attractive to others,” the Premier said.

Rugunda also applauded the Africa Strategic Leadership Center for partnering with Makerere University, highlighting that this partnership will empower the youth with critical ideas and solutions to the problems the country is facing as well as harnessing growth opportunities for Africa.

Rugunda pledged his support to the Africa Strategic Leadership Center, adding that President Museveni and the government of Uganda have confidence in the center and believe that if supported, the problems and challenges of Africa will be better understood.

The Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Prof. Edward Kirumira, on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Nawangwe said Africa has the most promising growth story and is also an attractive destination with amazing growth returns.

He however noted that there is still need to invest in human resource capital for the development of the country and continent at large, adding that Makerere University offers great training ground for the development of such human resource.

The Ghanaian Leader of the Convention People’s Party, Samia Christiana Nkrumah and daughter of Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah called for the unification of Africa for its development. She said Africa can only be economically liberated and dependent if it is united.


Sunday, August 5, 2018