By Mildred Nambi
President Yoweri Museveni has urged the government of India to open up its market to Ugandan products and give them Tax incentives saying there is an imbalance of trade with Uganda buying more from India than India buys from Uganda.
He said reciprocal trade is one of the most dynamic ways of strengthening relations, adding that Uganda has a lot of milk and milk products that it can export to India.
The President was meeting the Indian Minister for external affairs Hon. Salman Khurshi who paid a courtesy call on him at Entebbe State House.
The Indian Minister who is in Uganda for a conference of all their ambassadors currently taking place in Uganda was accompanied by the Indian High Commissioner to Uganda S.N. Ray, the Director General for Africa Affairs Ravi Bangar, the Vice Minister Sudhir Vyas and the Director General in the Foreign Office Sanjay Sudhir.
The Meeting was also attended by Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa and the Uganda High Commissioner to India Nimisha Madhivani.
The President said Uganda has a deficit in infrastructure and urged India for support in infrastructure development to boost economic development especially in the areas of electricity, roads, railway and agriculture machinery. The President commended India for their interest in supporting the Uganda government in the construction of Isimba power dam.
He called for the private sector in India to invest in agriculture machinery for hire in Uganda where farmers can hire the machinery to make farming easier and to engage in agro-processing.