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Meet the new UNAA BOT and Electoral Commission

Board of Trustees

One of the UNAA Council’s most urgent tasks after the 2018 UNAA Convention in Seattle was to confirm a new Board of Trustees.  We are pleased to unveil the now confirmed UNAA Board of Trustees:

  • Mr. John Agaba – Chairman
  • Mrs. Aisha Musoke Ogwang – Secretary
  • Dr. Benjamin Omara Abe
  • Ms. Caroline Olok
  • Dr. Peter Simbi

Click here to READ MORE about the UNAA BOT

Electoral Commission

Furthermore, On December 4th, 2018, in a letter to BOT Chairman John Agaba, the UNAA Speaker Alex Semwanga confirmed on behalf of the UNAA Council the appointment of the following individuals to the UNAA Electoral Commission.

1 Herbert Twase
2 Betty Wakou
3 Hydeen Reich
4 Florence Bazanye
5 Ivan Mwanja
6 Florence W Studstill
7 Fiona Babumba
8 Fred Byabagye
9 Alex Lubega
10 Tina Kasujja

11 Mohamed Kaggwa
12 Kriss Namakola
13 Barbara Munube
14 Richard Kyabihende
15 Wasswa Ddamulira
16 Elizabeth Alinda
17 Samantha Muhunde
18 Philip Mbabazi
19 Sophia Nabadda
20 Micheal Mugwanya

Please join us in wishing our incoming officials success in their efforts to move UNAA forward.

Introducing Hassle Free Registration & Check-In

Introducing Hassle-Free Check-In at the UNAA Convention

Tickets delivered to your inbox. Skip the registration lines at the UNAA Convention. Now when you buy your tickets online, you will receive your tickets in your inbox. That includes pdf files so you can download and print them.

The new barcoded ticket system comes just in time for what is expected to be a full-house UNAA convention, given that it is an election year. The barcodes will provide an added layer of security while significantly reducing the lines at the registration booths.

UNAA is always striving to make your check-in process smoother at the convention. The office of communications is rolling out this feature starting with tickets purchased online. Our aim is to be able to provide this service to all our delegates.

More information on the check-in process to follow soon.

If you have any difficulties registering or have questions, please send us a message via this form.

Thank you!

UNAA Office of Communications

Report: 2018 Trade and Investments Forum

REPORT ON THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE 10TH ANNUAL TRADE AND INVESTMENTS FORUM

The 10th Annual UNAA Trade and Investments Forum took place on Friday August 31st 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. It was part of the 30th Anniversary Convention of the Ugandan North American Association.

Get the report by clicking the ‘Download Report’ button below.

T&I Forum: Revisiting AGOA and its Benefits

So what exactly is the African Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA) and how does it benefit Uganda?

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law by President Clinton in May 2000 with the objective of expanding U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa, to stimulate economic growth, to encourage economic integration, and to facilitate sub-Saharan Africa’s integration into the global economy. The Act establishes the annual U.S.-sub-Saharan Africa Economic Cooperation Forum (known as the AGOA Forum) to promote a high-level dialogue on trade and investment-related issues. At the center of AGOA are substantial trade preferences that, along with those under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), allow virtually all marketable goods produced in AGOA-eligible countries to enter the U.S. market duty-free.  The Office of the US Trade Representative reported that in 2016, the United States imported more goods from AGOA-eligible African countries than it exported back to them.

Yet even with such a reportedly overall favorable balance of trade the US still exported $18 million more goods than it imported from Uganda in the same year.  Even President Museveni recently conceded that AGOA has not lived up to expectations in Uganda. Indeed, a popular counter argument is that Uganda should focus more on trade with its neighbors like Kenya, Tanzania, the DRC and South Sudan than with the United States.

So let us rethink this whole process starting with a couple of very simple but important questions.

  1. What can Uganda realistically produce that it can “competitively” export to the United States in quantities that make AGOA worthwhile?  Another way to look at this question is to ask what can Uganda produce for export to the United States that is not already being produced better and more competitively in a multitude of other countries?
  2. Is it possible to overcome the pervasive adverse business environment in Uganda (rampant corruption, under developed manufacturing infrastructure, lack of skilled labor, prohibitive transportation challenges, etc.) that is so often cited as the principle reason inhibiting the positive realization of AGOA benefits?

These very questions are going to be featured in a debate format at the 10th Annual Trade and Investments Forum at the upcoming UNAA convention in Seattle.  Invited panelist will present arguments both in opposition and defense of this program.

About the writer

Moses R. Wilson, PE, is a registered professional engineer and president of WILTEC, a consulting traffic engineering firm headquartered in Pasadena, CA.  Married with 2 sons, Moses is a past president of UNAA.

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