KAMPALA – The Secretary General of the Commonwealth Rht. Hon. Patricia Scotland has been on a three days visit in Uganda.
The commonwealth is pursuing a digital connectivity of its member states as far as climate change, gender; demographic dividend issues among other concerns. Scotland’s visit will aid the process of updating the commonwealth database of the 54 member states which was last updated in 2018.
Patricia Scotland says it’s high time to concentrate on trade to solve issues concerning employment and the sky rocketing youthful demographic dividend in Uganda.
The covid19 notable challenges among the commonwealth member states include domestic violence and child abuse and early pregnancies, Scotland said.
Hon. Amelia the Minister of trade says Uganda’s youthful age should be supported by the commonwealth countries with strategic programs including exchange programs to create exposure.
“Exchange programs for business to business (B2B) are a ground to exchange ideas and success stories to build on.”
Minister Kyambadde says new young mothers have increased due to the long time of the lockdowns and common wealth countries should open a window to address the issue not forgetting that the victims should continue with education since Uganda has led by example.
In addition the interaction identified the blue economy as a focal point to build the economy these include fishing and more aquatic economic activities.
The commonwealth will host the CHOGM meeting in Rwanda this year and Uganda has been invited to participate.
Ugandan transporters have for long been facing exploitative roadblocks inside DRC however the Minister disclosed that the insecurities in the DRC are a root cause but the Government of Uganda is yet to sign an MOU with Congo to reduce the challenging factors.
Also Uganda has been threatened to be put under sanctions in the COMESA however the minister emphasizes that Government of Uganda is still holding negotiations to pave a way.
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