Minister Asks Districts To Mainstream EAC In Their Strategic Planning
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The Minister of state for East African Community EAC Hon. Julius Maganda Wandera has demanded district local governments to start planning and directing policies and resources towards creating conditions favourable for the development and attainment of the objectives of the regional community.
He said, “I demand all the districts to play their role of development of the regional economy through engendering and promoting the free movement of goods, people, labour, services, capital and information technology”.
“It’s imperative for the district political and technical leaders as the implementers of government programmes to ensure that the strategies in the National Policy on the East African Integration are implemented to realize the policy objectives under the various sectors,” Said Hon.Maganda.
He said, “All district leaders need to mainstream policy commitments into district plans and budgets, giving priority to issues that enable people in the respective district to actively participate in regional activities for their socio-economic benefit”.
Hon.Maganda Wandera was on Thursday speaking during the sensitization workshop on the National Policy on East African Community Integration held at Mountains of the Moon Hotel in Fort Portal that attracted business community, civil society, clergy, political heads and district and municipal officials.
He observed the need for local governments to merge, retain the market base and keep the relevancy of the customers if they are to benefit from the EAC Integration.
He said, “Kabarole district has a big imperative advantage of tourism attractions, production of bananas, honey, good climate but this requires you to position yourself so as to benefit from the EAC Integration. This is the right time for the people of EAC to embrace the integration that has created a number of prospects and an enabling environment for the private sector to flourish within the region”.
The Kabarole District Deputy RDC Mrs. Rose Monday Byabasaija tasked government to make Kishwahili language Compulsory in both primary, secondary schools and tertiary institution for Ugandans to benefit from the East African Integration.
According to Byabasaija, Kishwahili language is paramount when it comes to benefiting from the East African Community Integration especially to the traders and travelers.
Moses Ikagobya the District Vice Chairperson Kabarole asked government to consider issues of security and stability in the country and East Africa since insecurity hinders people from transacting business in the EAC.
“I ask the EAC delegates to focus on controlling the inflation and the regional security. I wish the mushrooming churches in almost every village turned into industrial for our people to get jobs and realize development,” He said.