Ugandans in the UK (Europe) have finally called their first ever convention under the theme
“Unleashing the potential of every Ugandan living in the Diaspora to help develop Uganda”
I caught up with Rita Lutalo the Marketing director for the convention via email and this is what she told me
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the 1st Uganda Convention UK and the greater European region. The association will hold their first Annual Ugandan convention on 27th August 2011 at the luxurious Troxy, London.
The convention’s objectives include:
- Inspire and encourage networking and unity among Ugandans in Europe for social, educational, cultural, economic and benevolent activities, and sustained image building for their nation.
- Link the Ugandan Diasporas with European and Ugandan private and public organizations
- Promote an entrepreneurial culture through exchange of information, discussion and research; and encourage business relationships and interaction.
- Utilize the intellectual and financial capital of the Diaspora by identifying and engaging in significant, long-term and sustainable project initiatives, for the purpose of improving the livelihood of all Ugandans, in the Diaspora and in Uganda.
- Seek and develop opportunities for investment and philanthropy in Uganda, the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe
- Lobby and influence Uganda government to harness the “vast expertise” of Ugandan professionals in Europe thereby providing extra skilled capacity needed by Uganda to hasten its socio-economic development.
It is estimated that more than 210,000 Ugandans live in Europe. There is a shared desire among Ugandans in the Diaspora to inspire and encourage their collaboration and contribution to promote and advance social, cultural, economic and benevolent activities in Uganda. A small percentage of Ugandans have taken interest in the Real Estate Development, Hotel and Accommodation, Sports, Textile and Investments in the Uganda Securities Exchange sectors. It is one of our core missions to strive to convince even more Ugandans to venture into investment back home.
Please visit http://ugandanconventionuk.org/programme/ for our provisional programme to give you an insight of the topics and panellists on the day.
For more information, please visit and for General Enquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am really excited about this event for several reasons but mostly because we as Africans have a great opportunity to leverage our skills and financial muscle to impact development. But all of this starts with coming together to identify what the key challenges are and how we can go about getting involved.