Celebrating Ugandans in the Diaspora ~ The Ugandan Diaspora Social Networking Event 2011 ~ 29th, December 2011
On December 29th, 2011, and for the very first time in our Country’s history, the immense contribution to the Pearl of Africa from those Ugandans living outside The Motherland will be officially recognized. The Uganda Investment Authority, the Diaspora Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ugandans in the Diaspora, will celebrate together in the first ever Ugandan Diaspora Social Networking Event.
Interacting at the event will be Ugandans who have settled all over the world; and their compatriots who live at home. Experiences between the two groups will not be limited to any specific theme – but with the recognition that remittances from abroad are the second largest source of financial resources to Uganda. This constituency is also a major contributor to diaspora tourism and real estate developments in and around Kampala.
According to the New Vision newspaper, an August 2010 report indicates that in 2008, remittences amounted to about $ 723 m [approx. 5% of Uganda’s gross domestic product (GDP)].
In addition to this, Ugandans in the Diaspora are entrepreneurs, diplomats, tourists, academicians, agents of technology transfer and also, philanthropists. In this way, the Diaspora Social Networking Event will celebrate the Ugandan expatriate workforce as a theme by bringing their expertise, ideas and talent to a formal forum where an evening of entertainment will envelop the award ceremony. Social Media and live video streaming will ensure that those who cannot make it from the Diaspora are present in both body and soul.
Some of Uganda’s best Fashion designers, Models and entertainment groups – artistes like Isaiah Katumwa and Steve Jean’s Fenon Entertainment for instance – will provide the quintessential backdrop at the Serena Hotel’s Victoria Hall.
This event is slated for December 29, 2011 at the Serena Hotel in Kampala.
Tickets will be on sale to the general public for 50,000/=.
Dr. Maggie Kigozi,
Former Executive Director, Uganda Investment Authority
Head of the Diaspora Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Uganda Diaspora Incorporated
Media Manager: Solomon W. Jagwe
Coordinator and Uganda Liaison: Doris Miti
United Kingdom Liaison: Willy Mutenza
The Ugandan Diaspora Event is held in proud association with:
The Uganda Investment Authority | The Diaspora Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National Housing and Construction Corporation | DFCU Bank | Tullow Oil
Housing Finance | Orange Telecom | Ethiopian Airlines | Serena Hotel
Fenon Entertainment | Dahabshill | Uganda Air Cargo | Serene Suites
Woodstone Developments | Centenary Bank