farmer with produce3. Ugandan President H.E Yoweri Museveni Visits Clifton Packaging Group Plc in Leicester, UK

UGANDA's President H.E.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni visits Clifton Packaging Group Plc in the UK President Yoweri Museveni, accompanied by his wife Janet, toured the factory on 20th September 2008, which was decorated with strips of Ugandan flag The President took the occasion to re-assure foreign investors willing to do business in Uganda that no one will ever again expel them from the country because they are protected by the Constitution. He further assured them of Government incentives, like 10-year tax holidays, and said the infrastructure and energy would be adequate in 20 months time. Khalid, who keeps following events in Uganda, told the President that processing, preserving and packaging of fruit had an enormous potential for wealth creation in Africa.

He explained that Ugandan farmers receive £1,000 for a tonne of pineapples. However, when dried and packaged attractively, it becomes worth £10,000. He offered to come and train Ugandan farmers on how to process and package their produce such as bananas, mangoes, pineapples and coffee for value addition.

The President visited Leicester en-route to the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he would defend Uganda's candidature to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council. President Museveni assured the Clifton Directors of the availability of raw materials, explaining that the Government is encouraging families to engage in commercial farming through the Prosperity for all programmes. The President, who lauded the expelled Asians for being resilient and having succeeded in the UK, added that farmers in Uganda are yearning for a market for their products. He encouraged the group to set up a coffee processing factory in Mbale and a fruit processing plant in Soroti.

On pulp production, the President told them that trees would be planted on hill tops, which would help in environment protection as well as provide employment to Ugandans. He also cited opportunities in pharmaceutical production, rail transport to the sea, and air transport with international runways in Entebbe, Gulu and Kasese. Present were State Minister for Investment, Semakula Kiwanuka, and of International Affairs, Okello Oryem, as well as the Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority, Maggie Kigozi and MP Mike Mabikke.


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