Uganda High commission seeks collaboration with NCWS on investment opportunities
The Ugandan High Commission in Nigeria, has solicited the collaboration of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) on investment opportunities for Nigerian women.
The Deputy Head of Mission, Amb. Alfred Nnam, said this when he led a delegation of the Nigeria-Uganda Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines of Agriculture, on a visit to the president of NCWS, Lami Lau, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Nnam said that the collaboration would open investment opportunities for both Nigerian and Ugandan women.
He said that 35 per cent of Uganda national parliament was reserved for women, adding that every district in Uganda had a woman representative.
Nnam said this was possible because the Ugandan president understand the key role women play in the development of the country.
According to him, women in Uganda are not just mothers; they are into business, politics and are doing well.
”We have given the women very prominent roles in the developmental process of Uganda, not only in business but also in politics
“We want the NCWS to be part of this development,” he said.
Nnam said that Uganda and Nigeria are about 60 years of independent, but the level of development in business was still very low.
”I think Uganda exports about 4.5 million dollars of goods and services to Nigeria, while Nigeria exports only two million dollars of goods to Uganda.
”This is why we think we need to make effort and developed ourselves, we have a lot of potential, minerals and manpower to change the narrative and match further,” he said.
Nnam said that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as vehicle for promoting business development between Ugandan and Nigeria is an added advantage.
He said the direct flights between Nigeria and Uganda, would also be a big help for the interaction.
Also speaking, Mr Michael Awunor, president of Nigeria-Uganda Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines of Agriculture, said that the collaboration would help to better the lives of Nigerian women.
Responding, Lau promised to collaborate with the mission for investment opportunities for Nigerian women.
She said that the council had representation in the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, adding that the collaboration would better the lives of the ordinary Nigerian.
Lau said that the commitment of the society, under her watch, was to promote women in leadership and governance and ensure their economic empowerment.