Our aim is to make East Africa one country, one state – says Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. “It’s now integrated economically but together with our partners we want East Africa to become one country.”
He identified ‘the narrow markets of Africa’ as one of ten strategic bottlenecks that have constrained Uganda and Africa. Uganda is 40 million people but that’s not a wide enough market to support modernisation. That has been one of the bottlenecks the fragmentation of Africa into small markets because of colonialism. So one of our programs has been regional integration. Its happening; a common market of East Africa.
Museveni dismissed claims that armed guards and mercenaries have become Uganda’s biggest export. “The biggest export of ours is industrial products; the next one is tourism,” he said.