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Panelists (L-R) Cyrus Munyaburanga Nkusi, CEO of Governance for Africa, RDB’s Fred Karemera, and Burghard Ilge senior policy officer during a panel discussion.

Members of civil society organisations from the region have called for Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) that truly create the badly needed jobs and meaningfully contribute to development.

The call was made in Kigali yesterday as regional government officials responsible for investment promotion convened for a workshop meant to equip them with knowledge on historical perspectives of investment policy, among others, and how they shape current investment policy dynamics.

The three-day meeting is organised by the Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI)-Uganda, and Governance for Africa (GFA)-Rwanda, a non-profit with a continental mandate on aspects such as regional integration. 

“We will have a conversation around how to make investments work for the people. In the region, there is always talk about investments yet there are no concrete or decent jobs on the ground,” said Jane Nalunga, the country director of SEATINI-Uganda.

“We need to understand how to make investments work for our people. And in order to do what we have to do, we need to understand dynamics at regional and national level.”

Regional civil society roots for labour-intensive FDIs