Thursday August 21 2014

Museveni asks US to invest in Africa’s infrastructure

By Monitor Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has asked the US government to help in developing Africa`s infrastructure including railway, electricity and roads in order to enhance her economic development noting that African countries have the potential and capacity to do things that can make them transform economically.

Mr Museveni was Thursday meeting a delegation of US officials who were led by the US Ambassador to Uganda Mr. Scott Delisi at State House Entebbe.

The delegation was seeking President Museveni`s  impression of the recent US- Africa leaders summit in  Washington DC and his views on what the US can do to help Africa develop.

The Washington summit that attracted 50 African states unveiled trade deals agreements valued at US$14Billion to improve commercial relationship between Africa and the US. 

President Museveni said the US- Africa leaders’ summit was good, but the only problem was with some African leaders who think that the US will solve all the problems of Africa.

President Museveni noted that the renewal of African Growth and Opportunity Act Project (AGOA), infrastructure development, security and attracting a large number of American entrepreneurs, is the most important thing that the US can do in the economic transformation of Africa.

He observed that the US could undertake the construction of a railway line that would link East Africa to Kisangani through Ethiopia to Egypt to ease the transportation of goods for better trade.

 The President called on the US Government to renew AGOA projects in Uganda and Africa at large because it’s a big support to Africans and American consumers.

The US Ambassador to Uganda Mr Scott Delisi said he would inform President Barak Obama about the outcome of the meeting for better implementation of the proposed projects in Africa.