The Ugandan diaspora community has hailed government for incorporating views and aspirations of the youth in its planning regime, as a measure for continuing to attract growth and investment in the country.
According to the chief financial officer, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) James Aguma, planning around the youth has triggered hard work, as well as attracting jobs and investment in the country dominated by youth.
“Uganda has implemented a number of programs aimed at creating employment specifically for the youth. These programs consist of those aimed at providing an enabling environment for the private sector to create jobs, and those targeted at building the skills and requisite knowledge to make youth more employable,” he said.
In 2013, Government earmarked about sh265b to empower the poor and unemployed youth countrywide under the Youth Livelihoods Program, which has since assisted the youth to fund their startup businesses across the country.
Aguma said the youth, who are increasingly becoming cosmopolitan in look due to technological advancements, can be restless if left to their gadgets without hope for sustainable livelihood.
He also observed the need for Ugandans living abroad to invest in the education, services and business sectors in the country, to create solutions for unemployment and structural growth in the country.