Investing in people and expanding opportunity for every Ugandan
For the FDC, development is about people and their wellbeing. We take cognizance of the fact that human development is much more than the production of goods and services, or the building of roads, dams and bridges, or the rise or fall in national incomes. It is about creating an environment in which citizens can develop their full potential, lead productive and creative lives in line with their needs or interests and national aspirations.
Re-engineering new sources of growth and stimulating jobs creation by implementing gamechanging initiatives
The geopolitical and economic context of our development is changing rapidly. Globalization and regional integration are creating new opportunities for development while at the same time creating the need for optimum leadership and discipline to develop competitive economies and products in the form of goods and services. The policies pursued by the incumbent government have positioned Uganda as a big consumer market buying almost everything “made outside” Uganda from toothpicks to textiles and cell phones. Yet, our challenge as a country is how to take advantage of these trends and developments to reposition our country, not just as a big “supermarket” but as a producer of goods and services demanded by the emerging markets regionally and globally.
National security, leadership and commitment to public service
Our nation’s defense and security are critical elements in our socio-economic transformation agenda for a number of reasons. First, our country is located in a conflict prone sub-region and hence our national defense and security policy must be configured to ensure the defense and integrity of our borders as well as be able to contribute to peacekeeping missions abroad within the mandate of the African Union and the United Nations. Secondly, our defense and security policy must seek to deal with newly emerging but also ever changing security threats including: terrorism, youth unemployment; food insecurity and water scarcity. A strong, disciplined and well facilitated military and intelligence services are the cornerstone of any national defense and security policy.
Building Regional and Global Partnerships
The FDC believes in a strong citizenship and a reawakened nationalism as the foundation for a sustainable regional integration and pan-African agenda. A strong East African Community and African Union can never be built on the basis of imperial presidencies and the magnanimity of strongmen but rather on the basis of strong states and nations where the citizen is central to that agenda. Our pursuit of regional integration and pan-Africanism will be driven by the conscious desire to strengthen citizens as the frontline defenders of democracy and good governance at the national level.