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BORIS: Economic growth presents Uganda new opportunities

Johnson (left) meets Museveni at State House, Entebbe

Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson has hailed Uganda for sustaining economic growth over the years.

“The country seems to be growing well. The strong economic growth presents real opportunities,.” Johnson said after meeting Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday night.

Other than trade and investment between Uganda and the United Kingdom, the two leaders focused on regional security, especially the situation in Somalia.

Johnson in Somalia

Johnson with Somalia’s President Farmaajo

A day earlier, Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson met the new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in a surprise visit to Mogadishu, the scene of frequent attacks by Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab Islamists, an airport official said.

 

Johnson and the Somali leader discussed a severe drought that aid agencies say has left about three million people in crisis.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned in February that Somalia was at risk of its third famine in 25 years. The last one, in 2011, killed an estimated 260,000 people.

The agency said more than 6.2 million people — half the population — needed urgent humanitarian aid, including almost three million who are going hungry.

Somalia declared a “national disaster” over the drought on February 28. The country is among three nations on the verge of famine, along with Yemen and Nigeria. In South Sudan, 100,000 people are already in famine conditions.

Overall, more than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries.

 

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