The Ugandan government says it is committed to supporting the development of marketable livelihoods and skills that create opportunities for self-employment among the poor and unemployed youth. Areas of focus include masonry, carpentry, metal fabrication, hair dressing, tailoring, leather works, agro-processing, electrical repairs, bakery/cookery, video-audio editing, motor mechanics, clay moulding, and several others. Innovations in non-traditional skills areas such as ICT, Agro-processing are also encouraged and promoted.
Ugandan President Museveni says his government is committed to fighting youth unemployment through industrialization and skills development. He adds that the massive investment in energy production and road infrastructure will pull foreign direct investment to create jobs in Uganda.
According to President Museveni, the government has injected more than Shs 3,000 bn in roads, Shs 2,800bn for electricity, and more than Shs2, 000 bn in defense and security.
“Because of prioritisation of defense, we are now able to achieve total peace throughout the country and businesses now flourish due to the relative peace. You can now carry out trade courtesy of the beautiful roads that ease transportation of both goods and services,” said the President, elaborating on the growth Uganda has enjoyed due to peace and stability.
“We had to build long lasting roads so that we could be assured that in the next 15 years we would not be tackling roads, but investing the money in other sectors. That is how we have been able to lift the economy, which was not performing well back then when we had just captured power. In fact, Uganda is now capable of doing anything due to the booming economy,” explained President Museveni, adding that issues of unemployment are being sorted out.
If President Museveni’s government retains power in the 2016 elections, he intends to Increase competitiveness and productivity of youth through capacity building and empowerment for self-employment.
This will be through initiating, strengthening and streamlining all programmes and services to target the youth, consolidating youth participation in decision-making and governance, and setting up centres for re-tooling graduates so that they can become employable.