The government plans to register all Ugandans abroad to be able to help them in case of any crisis.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa, said this at a meeting during the President’s three-day visit in the United Kingdom.
Kutesa said the government’s plan is important because it will be able intervene in cases of crises where Ugandans are caught up abroad.
He, however, noted that some of them prefer to operate under the radar, which is a challenge.
Kutesa explained that the current registration for National Identity Card will not include those abroad and will be halted in February 2015 to allow the Uganda Electoral Commission to register voters.
“It is after this exercise of the Electoral Commission, that registration of those abroad will be conducted,” he said.
Speaking at the same meeting, President Yoweri Museveni urged Ugandans in the Diaspora to invest more in Uganda.
The Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda, Louis Kasekende, advised Ugandans abroad to take advantage of the investment packages offered by the Bank of Uganda such as buying of treasury bills and bonds.