By Ahura Mujuni Mark
President Yoweri Museveni has commended the former American President, Mr. Bill Clinton, for promoting Africa in global trade.
Museveni was paying tribute at the National Medical Stores in Entebbe during the launching of the “Scale up Diarrhea Treatment – Cut Down Mortality” event last Friday.
The activity is being promoted by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) which is involved in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and diarrheal diseases.
He said that under his leadership, the former US President, Mr. Clinton, enabled the African continent to enjoy tariff and quota free facilities for its products. He, therefore, paid tribute to former US President, George Bush Junior, for further promoting Africa in the sale of over 6,500 products under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) arrangement.
“If Ugandans spent less time in bars and utilized these facilities, they would enhance their welfare”, Mr. Museveni noted. He said that the country could not fully utilize the opportunity due to the shortage of electricity and poor roads.
On a happy note, he assured the country that there would be no more power outages and therefore, citizens should utilize the opportunity profitably. He said that Africa is now a huge potential market of 1 billion people adding that these can be big consumers of what the US produces. He also noted that in return, the US can be a big consumer of African products.
President Museveni thanked President Bill Clinton for visiting Uganda and also for enabling the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in the control of pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea. He said that CHAI has moved along with the World Health Organization (WHO) requirements in the control of malaria and pneumonia among children below 5 years of age.