Indian Association of Uganda

The Indian Association of Uganda was accredited a Responsible Agency by Public Opinions International on 14th November 2016

The Association shall be charitable non-profit making body, and shall be strongly geared towards initiating and promoting charitable causes particularly in the fields of health and education among the local community in Uganda.

The aims and objectives for which the Association is established shall be:

  • To promote social, educational, economic and cultural welfare of the people and residents of Uganda.
  • To promote, support and organize such activities to encourage the advancement and propagation of Indian and Ugandan Culture and Philosophy.
  • To promote and coordinate the activities of the various Communities in Uganda with a view to advocating, safeguarding and protecting the interests and general welfare and betterment of the communities.             
  • To support and foster cultural, economic and social relationship among the people of India, between the Ugandans and Indians of all communities residing in Uganda.
  • To initiate and promote charitable causes particularly in the fields of health, education and social welfare among the local population in Uganda. This will include contributions towards the treatment of children with chronic illnesses; rejuvenation and maintenance of the schools owned by the Association in the various Districts of Uganda; and contributions to alleviate hardships suffered by the various communities of Uganda that result from natural calamities.
  • To establish branches throughout the Republic of Uganda for better administration of the association's activities and implementation of its objectives.
  • To print, publish, or cause to be printed and published and to distribute books, booklets, leaflets, newsletters, magazines and other periodicals and any other mode of communication for the purpose of giving information with regard to the work of the association and for furtherance of its objectives
  • To establish institutions of learning, sports, recreation, health and any other similar activities in the interest of the Association
  • To promote a youth wing of the Association.
  • Where possible to coordinate and promote the activities of other community organizations of in Uganda.
  • To promote harmony and mutual understanding amongst various organizations in the Republic of Uganda.
  • To make representations to the appropriate authorities to protect and safeguard the interests and well being of the residents of Uganda.
  • To raise funds byway of accepting gifts, donations or otherwise, for the Association.
  • To accept the management of any trust fund or endowment in which the Association is interested or is conferred with.
  • To receive monies, securities, instruments and I or any other moveable property for and on behalf of the Association.
  • To acquire, hold, manage, develop or dispose of properties of all kinds, whether moveable or immovable, and to derive capital or income the reform for all or any of the objects of the Association.
  • To incorporate and register, in accordance with the Trustees Incorporation Act of Uganda, various Trusts for purposes of holding, managing and administering the properties owned by the Association in the various Districts of Uganda.
  • To raise or borrow money for all or any of the foregoing objects in such manner and upon such security as may from time to time be determined by the Association members.
  • To invest and deal with funds of the Indian Association Uganda in such manner as may from time to time, be determined by the Executive Committee of the Association.
  • To promote and establish a business forum of businesses owned and managed in Uganda.
  • Generally to do all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the foregoing objects or any part thereof.

Contribution of Indians to Uganda’s economy

The contribution of Indians to the economy of Uganda has been and will continue to be significant and one of the main drivers of economy growth of this country. After being welcomed back to the country and the successful repossession exercise of the confiscated properties, Indians and persons of Indian origin, have entered the Ugandan economy with the same zeal and vigor for which they are well known all over the world. They are spread over various sectors of the economy – agriculture, pharmaceuticals, construction, energy, finance, printing, IT, education, hospitality and many others. Today the population of Indians and persons of Indian origin is approximately 30,000 and fast increasing.

We have willingly accepted the government’s invitation to return and have made a remarkable and significant contribution to the growth. We are one of the largest contributors to the economy of Uganda in terms of contribution to the exchequer, investments, employment generation, social responsibility etc. More than 70% of the top taxpayers of the country are businesses owned or managed by Asians, contributing in excess of 65% of the domestic revenue. At a rough guess, more than a million indigenous Ugandans are employed by Asian owned/managed businesses. We are also willing, should it be deemed appropriate, to be involved in assisting the development of the enabling policy framework as we can positively contribute in this respect based on the experience gained during the transformation and development period of India.

Besides our contribution to the economy, we have also been at the forefront of contribution towards social well-being of the community at large. We own and manage schools under the UPE program. In fact, although we have taken possession of some of our schools, in many schools we have not replaced the management but continue to act in an advisory capacity to the management and provide financial assistance helping them to become self sufficient. We are involved in aiding hospitals and in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We are also contributing towards provision of safe and clean drinking water. Our contribution to the development of sports in the country is well known. Our businessmen and some of us in politics are playing an important part in the development of Uganda. We have always been the forefront of delivering assistance during times of natural calamity and are significantly contributing in the health sector as well.

We have played a very important and significant role in the economic, political and diplomatic life of Uganda. During the visit of the former Minister of Internal Affairs Hon. Ruhakama Rugunda to India in 2007, he said:

“Indian investments in Uganda are playing a critical role in accelerating the development of our country. Ugandan Indians are very active in hotel, hospitality industry – the top five hoteliers are of Indian and Asian origin. In the banking sector there is a lot of dynamism injected in the by the Ugandans of Asian origin. In politics [and] in the diplomatic side we had [many people]. So Ugandans of Indian origin have played a very important role in economic, political and diplomatic roles”

He said that agro business and agro processing were important sectors for investment cooperation. “The hospitality industry, financial sector, manufacturing, textile industry … Uganda produces a lot of beautiful cotton and we would like to [venture into] clothes and garments so that we can exploit the markets abroad”, he said. “ We would like to see more and more pharmaceutical companies coming and the Indian entrepreneurs have a lot of experience in that, so therefore they are vey welcome”.

 

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