Ashish Thakkar is the founder and CEO of the Mara Group, which has 7,000 employees across 19 African countries and a turnover in excess of $100 million per year.
Video: Interviews, presentations, speeches and comments at the 2nd Ugandan UK Convention
About the Convention
Uganda Diaspora Investment Expo 2013 will be the largest Ugandan and East African event in Europe that is designed to promote Uganda and East Africa at large as a favorite investment destination in Africa. The Expo will offer companies large and small the opportunity to access our lucrative and often overlooked market. The Convention will focus and contribute to the economic empowerment of the Ugandan community through the Expo.
There are many benefits people will receive when they attend this Expo. Some of the essential benefits are discovering new business opportunities, networking, gaining priceless information, and improving personal business contacts, employment opportunities, finding potential business partners, as well as, leisure enjoyment.
Promote the exchange of information, research and expertise and encourage new business interaction and relationships
To mobilize the Ugandan Diasporas to transfer knowledge, skills and technologies to Uganda to promote socio-economic and infrastructural development
Identify potential opportunties in Uganda and mobilise Ugandans in the Diaspora to invest back home and increase the role of Ugandan Diaspora in Uganda’s development
Seek investment opportunities in public and private organizations within Uganda, the United Kingdom and Europe and inform Ugandans in the Diaspora
Utilize the intellectual and financial capital of the Diaspora for the purpose of improving the livelihood of all Ugandans
Raise awareness of financial services available for small to medium sized businesses in Uganda and the United Kingdom
Lobby and influence the Ugandan government to tap into the “vast expertise” of Ugandan professionals in Europe, to hasten Uganda’s socio-economic development
Encourage Ugandans in the Diaspora to promote a positive image of their nation
Mentor Ugandan youths in the Diaspora to instil in them a sense of nationalism and become responsible citizens
Create awareness of scholarship programs designed for the development of Uganda
Inspire and encourage a unity among Ugandans in Europe
Increase remittances inflows through targeted investment products for Diasporans
Reverse the concept of brain drain to brain gain by tapping into the huge pool of Ugandan professionals
Encourage investments in the key sectors, i.e. education, health, housing, sports, tourism and many more
Work in partnership with the Uganda government to set up major development strategies
Mobilize the Ugandan business communities in the Diaspora for investment and trade in Uganda
Exhibit and celebrate the rich diversity of their cultural heritage and encourage Ugandans to be more active as ambassadors for Uganda’s culture – food, clothes, social life etc
Uganda has a wealth of talent in an ever-improving education market, vast natural resources, massive energy producing capabilities, expanding tourism and hospitality services and opportunities to improve infrastructures and construction projects. Africans need to recognise their wealth of potential and work towards attaining self-sufficiency and regaining control of their destiny!
Uganda to get a modern maize mill thanks to the UK Convention.
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