The “Africa Now” conference co-chaired by President Museveni alongside other Heads of State and key business leaders on the continent, has opened at Commonwealth Resort hotel in Munyonyo.
Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, former presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Benon Biraaro, cited the need for a strategic direction as far as Africa is concerned.
Rtd Maj General Benon Biraaro, one of bush war generals who helped bring President Yoweri Museveni into power in 1986, was one of the contenders for the top seat in 2016 general elections.
“This is harvesting advantages that we get from an integrated approach,” Biraaro told NBS television.
He said President Museveni has always talked about the integration and security of Africa.
“He never misses a chance to mobilize Africa towards a common goal. We expect him to just drum this more.”
Biraaro said unity is always strength, talking about issues diplomatically is what he expects.
He was referring to the tensions between Rwanda President Paul Kagame and President Museveni who have since failed to resolve a border impasse costing businessmen billions of money.
“We expect the two Presidents (Uhuru Kenyatta and Museveni) to sit down and see how to work with Rwanda.”
He expects fundamental changes that will transform the capabilities of the continent for decades to come.
“Together, we should make Africa stronger and better.”
According to Catherine Aturinda, a young entrepreneur who is eager to see what Africa can present, Africa has to say something about the young children.
“I want to do business with Kenya and Rwanda because they’re doing well with early childhood development. I want to do business with Kenya and Rwanda because they are doing well with early childhood development,” she noted.
The inaugural Africa Now Summit is set to tackle four thematic areas; – Leadership – Youth, finding an Africa that works for the African youth – Finding African solutions to African problems – Achieving partnerships across Africa.
The 9th and current President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is set to deliver the closing keynote speech at the summit happening today, Tuesday 12th and 13th March.