People should be empowered to be active participants: Uganada Prez

Last Updated: Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 18:55

Chennai: Nations need to empower people to be active participants in the process of socio-economic transformation and enhance their knowledge and appreciation for global partnerships, Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said today.

People should be empowered to be active participants and given a sense of ownership even as countries seek global partnerships, he said.

His message was read out by the country`s third Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja at the valedictory session of the two-day conference- "The Partnership Summit 2010", organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.

On realisation of UN`s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he said, "Short-term mitigation measures can be employed. However, long-term and holistic interventions are
required towards the realisation of the MDGs", he said.
He said Uganda was still facing challenges in meeting some targets including primary school completion, under five mortality, and environment sustainability despite the
advantage of having reduced hunger, poverty and improved primary education.
He said the position of his country among the East African Nations gives it the advantage of market size, adding, Uganda was embracing a growing market of a combined population of 120 million people. "The current population of Africa is estimated to be 900 million and expected to grow to two billion by 2025," he said.


First Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 18:55

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