28 March 2019, KAMPALA (Uganda): The Prime Minister of Uganda, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, today inaugurated the “Ministerial Thematic Meeting on Livelihoods and Self-reliance for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities” called on by Intergovernmental Authority on Development in collaboration with the Government of Uganda in Kampala.
9 Ministers and State Ministers participated in this one-day meeting which saw the issuance of the attached Communiqué’.
In his opening remarks, Hon.Rugunda said his understanding and that of African leaders that a comprehensive response was “the only way forward to address the needs of refugees and host communities – including livelihoods and self reliance needs – and to ensure that hosting refugees contributes to economic growth and national development”.
The Ministers present were:
H.E. Hassan Omar Mohamed, Minister for Interior
H.E. Hassan Idriss Sambrieh, Minister for Labour
H.E. Zeynu Jemal, State Minister for Peace
H.E. Ukur Kanacho Yatani , Cabinet Secretary for Labour
H.E Hamza Said Hamza , Minister for Humanitarian Affairs
H.E. Abdulkadir Ahmed Kheyr, State Minister for Foreign Affairs
H.E. James Hoth Mai, Minister for Labour
H.E. (Eng.) Hilary Onek, Minister for Relief Disaster Preparedness and Refugees
H.E. Persis Namuganza, State Minister for Lands
This meeting was preceded by a three-day gathering of Experts from IGAD Member States’ line ministries, including lead agencies that handle refugee matters; ministries of finance (treasury); ministries of planning and those responsible for local government (devolution, federalism or decentralization), as well as ministries of agriculture, livestock development and those responsible for labour.
Development and humanitarian partners, as well as the private sector and the civil society groups from the humanitarian and development spheres to support commitments towards refugees, returnees, and host communities also participated.