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Meet the new UNAA BOT and Electoral Commission

Board of Trustees

One of the UNAA Council’s most urgent tasks after the 2018 UNAA Convention in Seattle was to confirm a new Board of Trustees.  We are pleased to unveil the now confirmed UNAA Board of Trustees:

  • Mr. John Agaba – Chairman
  • Mrs. Aisha Musoke Ogwang – Secretary
  • Dr. Benjamin Omara Abe
  • Ms. Caroline Olok
  • Dr. Peter Simbi

Click here to READ MORE about the UNAA BOT

Electoral Commission

Furthermore, On December 4th, 2018, in a letter to BOT Chairman John Agaba, the UNAA Speaker Alex Semwanga confirmed on behalf of the UNAA Council the appointment of the following individuals to the UNAA Electoral Commission.

1 Herbert Twase
2 Betty Wakou
3 Hydeen Reich
4 Florence Bazanye
5 Ivan Mwanja
6 Florence W Studstill
7 Fiona Babumba
8 Fred Byabagye
9 Alex Lubega
10 Tina Kasujja

11 Mohamed Kaggwa
12 Kriss Namakola
13 Barbara Munube
14 Richard Kyabihende
15 Wasswa Ddamulira
16 Elizabeth Alinda
17 Samantha Muhunde
18 Philip Mbabazi
19 Sophia Nabadda
20 Micheal Mugwanya

Please join us in wishing our incoming officials success in their efforts to move UNAA forward.

Introducing Hassle Free Registration & Check-In

Introducing Hassle-Free Check-In at the UNAA Convention

Tickets delivered to your inbox. Skip the registration lines at the UNAA Convention. Now when you buy your tickets online, you will receive your tickets in your inbox. That includes pdf files so you can download and print them.

The new barcoded ticket system comes just in time for what is expected to be a full-house UNAA convention, given that it is an election year. The barcodes will provide an added layer of security while significantly reducing the lines at the registration booths.

UNAA is always striving to make your check-in process smoother at the convention. The office of communications is rolling out this feature starting with tickets purchased online. Our aim is to be able to provide this service to all our delegates.

More information on the check-in process to follow soon.

If you have any difficulties registering or have questions, please send us a message via this form.

Thank you!

UNAA Office of Communications

Report: 2018 Trade and Investments Forum

REPORT ON THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE 10TH ANNUAL TRADE AND INVESTMENTS FORUM

The 10th Annual UNAA Trade and Investments Forum took place on Friday August 31st 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. It was part of the 30th Anniversary Convention of the Ugandan North American Association.

Get the report by clicking the ‘Download Report’ button below.

Submit Applications for Community Fund

PRESS RELEASE

Applications for the Second $50,000 UNAA Chapter Development Program (CDP) Fund Now Open

For the third year, the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) is pleased to announce that it will award grants from the Chapter Development Program (CDP) Fund totaling $50,000 in the 2017- 2018 Fiscal Year.

The Chapter Development Program (CDP) Fund was created with proceeds from UNAA Sponsors, Partners, and well-wishers. These grants are geared towards those Local Ugandan North American Communities, Cultural Organizations, Associations (“UNAA Chapters and Affiliates”) whose missions, purpose and activities reflect those of UNAA.

GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON OCTOBER 15TH 2018.   Please direct all proposals and applications in electronic format to:  secretary@unaaonline.org

Background

A few years ago, the Community Outreach Initiative (COI) was launched and it has since grown into the largest community mobilization and outreach effort in UNAA’s history. This effort is greatly responsible for the huge success of the UNAA Dallas 2013, UNAA San Diego 2014 UNAA New Orleans 2015, UNAA Boston 2016, UNAA Miami 2017 and UNAA Seattle 2018 Conventions which registered historically high numbers. As you all know, there were some questions raised last year in regards to communities that received the grants. Due to those questions, a few changes have been instituted to minimize the abuse of the grant funds.

If a community received funds last year, please submit your accountability report to the Executive Secretary at secretary@unaaonline.org before applying for this year’s grant.

The Chapter Development Program

This is a purely voluntary effort designed to benefit only the Chapters and Affiliates which choose to participate. The funds ($50,000) will be shared between the Chapters and Affiliates using the criteria elaborated in the next section. Every Chapter and Affiliate will need to submit a new application every fiscal year. A successful application in one fiscal year does not automatically carry over to the following fiscal year.

Definitions

Chapter : An example of an organization qualifying as a UNAA chapter is the Pacific Northwest Ugandan North American Association (PNUAA) based in Seattle, Washington.

Affiliate : An example of an organization qualifying as a UNAA Affiliate is the North American Masaba Cultural Association (NAMCA).

Application Criteria for admittance as a UNAA Chapter

  1. Association must be legally registered in North America with aims, objectives and activities that are legitimate and shall at all times be consistent with those of UNAA.
  2. Association will support the efforts of their members to attend the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo by promoting it prominently on their website, mailing lists; social media and on any other marketing paraphernalia at a minimum and by ensuring that the only community activity scheduled over the Labor Day weekend is the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo.
  3. Association shall be based in a region that is currently represented in the UNAA Council. Currently UNAA Council Members are listed here – http://www.unaaonline.org/unaaonline-council
  4. Association must apply annually to participate in the Chapter Development Program (CDP) by the deadline communicated by the Executive Secretary.
  5. Association must have at least 15 paid up UNAA Members in good standing who are unique to that particular Association and cannot be claimed by another UNAA Chapter or Affiliate.
  6. The Association’s members claiming UNAA Membership must have paid/renewed their membership in the current fiscal year, but before the deadline for application.
  7. The leadership of the Association shall be composed of directly elected officials.
  8. Association must submit proof of its legal status, Bylaws and constitution, leadership structure, proposal on how the funds shall be utilized for community development and commit to annual accountability of any funds received from UNAA. Annual Reports shall be submitted to the UNAA Executive and copied to the UNAA Council Representative in whose Region the Association is registered.

Application Criteria for admittance as a UNAA Affiliate

  1. Association must be legally registered in North America with aims, objectives and activities that are legitimate and shall at all times be consistent with those of UNAA.
  2. Association will support the efforts of their members to attend the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo by promoting it prominently on their website, mailing lists; social media and on any other marketing paraphernalia at a minimum and by ensuring that the only community activity scheduled over the Labor Day weekend is the UNAA Convention and Trade Expo.
  3. Association must apply annually to participate in the Chapter Development Program (CDP) by the deadline as communicated by the Executive Secretary (October 15th 2018)
  4. Association must have at least 10 paid up UNAA Members in good standing who are unique to that particular Association and cannot be claimed by another UNAA Chapter or Affiliate.
  5. The Association’s members claiming UNAA Membership must have paid/renewed their membership in the current fiscal year, but before the deadline for application, COB August 1st.
  6. The leadership of the Association shall be composed of directly elected officials.
  7. Association must submit proof of its legal status, a constitution, leadership structure, proposal on how the funds shall be utilized for community development and commit to annual accountability of any funds received from UNAA. Annual Reports shall be submitted to the UNAA Executive.

Apportioning between Chapters & Affiliates

UNAA Chapter Members shall be weighted by a factor of 1.5 and UNAA Affiliate Members by a factor of 1 in determining how the $50,000 will be disbursed to the Ugandan North American Communities. See the example below for 500 UNAA Members.

GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON OCTOBER 15TH 2018. Please direct all proposals and applications in electronic format to:  secretary@unaaonline.org

Seattle 2018 Highlights: Leave your Feedback

UNAA Seattle 2018 was a resounding success, thanks to the faith placed in the organization by its patrons and sponsors. The 30th anniversary convention recorded an attendance that surpassed expectations given all the challenges of the past year.

Key highlights included:

  • 10th Annual Trade and Investment Forum featuring the first ever Venture Podium
  • 2nd Edition of Miss Uganda North America (Night of Culture and Fashion for Women Empowerment)
  • Seattle City and Technology Tours of Boeing and Microsoft for all ages
  • A revamped UNAA Youth Forum with youth-focused topics and a new panel format
  • New secure registration format
  • Convenient and frictionless, sold out Saturday Evening Dinner Boat Cruise
  • Cutting of the 30 year anniversary cake and over $4,000 raised for the Uganda Fistula Fund at the Annual Cultural Gala and Fundraising Dinner

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Here are some highlights.

Political Forum: Addressing Uganda’s Political Climate

The Ugandan North American Association’s Executive Committee condemns in the strongest terms possible:

  • The excessive use of force by security forces in arresting alleged protesters, honorable members of parliament and journalists.
  • The torture of suspects.
  • The continued incarceration of suspects with little or no access to proper health care and their support system of attorneys/family/friends.
  • The on-going incarceration and trial of Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu – a civilian – in a military barracks and Court Martial, respectively.

The political forum at the upcoming UNAA convention in Seattle this year may well turn out to be the most intense and contentious political forum in UNAA history. While the situation in Uganda continues to change by the minute, it is nevertheless expected that several senior leaders from the Uganda Government will attend the convention.  These include the Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, a mixed delegation of NRM and opposition members of parliament, at least one cabinet minister, and Uganda’s Ambassador to the United States.

In light of the accumulated history of persecution of prominent opposition leaders and the on-going crisis in Uganda, what do these members of Uganda’s leadership have to say to members of the Uganda Diaspora?  And when seated in the same room, literally face-to-face with these individuals, what do members of the Uganda Diaspora present at the forum want to ask of these leaders?

  • Is there are workable solution to the impasse or should we expect more of the same?  
  • Does the Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament have a responsibility to protect the lives and ensure the health and wellbeing of members of parliament?
  • What is the Speaker doing to address the situations of Hon. Zakke and Hon. Ssentamu.
  • Is the promise of democracy dead for Uganda?  
  • What role should the Uganda Diaspora play in helping to address these issues?

Join us this coming Labor Day weekend as we ask the visiting politicians from Uganda to address these and other very contentious issues during the Political Forum at the 30th Annual  UNAA Convention in Seattle.

Group Tours for #UNAASeattle2018

Tour 1: Boeing Tour – Thursday August 30th
Departs 12.30 PM
$30

Load at 12:15pm Depart Hyatt at 12:30pm. Duration of the tour is 90 mins.

No Age Restrictions

The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is one of Seattle’s most-loved, premier attractions. The Boeing Tour is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliners being assembled on the Everett production line before they take to the sky.

The tour includes admission to the Aerospace Gallery.

On the Boeing Tour, please be advised you will:

  • Walk up and down two steep flights of stairs at each end of the factory and walk through two large tunnels, the first 0.3 miles (0.5 km) round trip, the second shorter.
  • Ride two freight elevators to balconies overlooking the Boeing factory floor.

This tour is not recommended for those with physical challenges.

Tour 2: Microsoft Tour - Friday August 31st
Departs 12.30 PM
$30

Load at 12:15pm. Depart at 12:30pm sharp. 1pm – 4pm. The duration of this tour is 3 hours.

You will be taken on a guided tour and provided the opportunity to dive into all things Microsoft. Explore the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Build a new world with Minecraft. Put your gaming skills to the test. Learn about our company journey from garage startup to global leader.

Included with this tour, you will be given a swag bag full of Microsoft items valued at over $60. In addition you will be given time to check out the expanded Store to see the latest technology.

That is not all! Because UNAA believes the children of this community are our future, we are providing an option for our youth to engage with technology. As a parent, we encourage you to also sign up to go with your children. Should you not be able, rest assured that our trusted volunteers will be with your children from start to finish.

Tour Options

Please select MSFT Workshop A or MSFT Workshop B when you register. Please consider the age recommendations when registering your children. We ask that you provide the age of your child in the notes at the time of registration.

MSFT Group Tour

General: Adults and Kids

MSFT Workshop A
Ages 8+

Get Creative. The world we live in is multi-dimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Your child will learn how to bring their imagination to life by learning new paint/how to share create digital art with the fresh app and 3D in Windows 10.

MSFT Workshop B
Ages 13+

Create Wow Presentations with Sway. Learn the ease and endless possibilities of Sway. Learn tips for creating and delivering a wow presentation or project and immediately implement them to create a presentation from start to finish. Practice communication skills and stage presence.

Submit Proposals for Venture Podium

UNAA is pleased to introduce a new feature at the annual trade and investments forum – the VENTURE PODIUM.

Some of you may be familiar with the very popular TV show “Shark Tank” which features aspiring entrepreneurs as they make business presentations to a panel of five “shark” investors who then choose whether to invest as business partners.  UNAA’s VENTURE PODIUM is modeled after this very popular show.

VENTURE PODIUM is a period of time that has been set aside in the afternoon session of the UNAA Trade and Investments Forum where aspiring entrepreneurs in our community will be given an opportunity to stand in front of and pitch their business ideas to the entire gathering.  Presenters may pitch their ideas in search of investors or merely to solicit feedback on a potential project or venture already underway.

It is our pleasure to announce that several projects have already been proposed for this session.

  1. A partnership to buy and rent property in Uganda.
  2. A partnership to buy and rent property in the US.
  3. A partnership to buy land and develop affordable housing in Uganda
  4. A partnership to engage in food grain purchase, processing, storage and resale in Uganda.

Anyone who would like to make a presentation in this session should send an email with a summary of their project to venturepodium@unaaonline.org.  Projects can be in Uganda or anywhere in North America.  Presenters can also come from Uganda or North America.

So join us in Seattle this coming Labor Day weekend for the 10th Annual Trade and Investments Forum at the UNAA Convention.

Political Forum: What is holding back Uganda?

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a measure of a country’s national income and output for a given period – normally annual. Essentially, GDP is equal to the total expenditures for all final goods and services produced within the country.

With an estimate total population of 51 million people, the GDP of Kenya in 2017 was worth 75 billion US dollars – roughly $1,470 per capita.

In comparison, with an estimated total population of 42 million people, the GDP of Uganda in 2017 was worth about 26 billion US dollars – roughly $619 per capita.

A study of internet reports found several major reasons for this discrepancy.

  1. Kenya has a better and more reliable investment climate.
  2. Kenya has a better and more reliable transportation and communications infrastructure than Uganda.
  3. Despite incidents of recent elections violence, Kenya is seen to have a more stable and reliable political infrastructure than Uganda.
  4. Kenya has a larger, more educated and trained work force than Uganda.
  5. Kenya has lower levels of corruption than Uganda. Indeed, several sources quoted rampant corruption as the primary reason many investors preferred to invest in Kenya over Uganda.

On the other hand, internet sources also found Uganda to have a more conducive natural environment for agricultural production and hydroelectric power production.  Indeed, multiple sources claimed that Uganda had the potential to be the “bread basket” of Eastern Africa with annual exports in the multi-billions of dollars.

So what is missing here?  Why does it appear that Uganda is not living up to its full potential?

Join us this coming Labor Day weekend as we ask visiting politicians from Uganda to address this, and other, very contentious issues during the Political Forum at the 30th Annual  UNAA Convention in Seattle.

Political Forum at UNAA Seattle 2018

One of the most popular forums at every UNAA convention has been the Political Forum where attendees get the opportunity to face off against visiting Uganda politicians and ask them the very difficult questions of the day.  One perennial topic has been the literal elimination of presidential term and age limits.

In fully fledged democracies, the main importance of term limits stems from its positive impact on power alternation which, in turn, contributes to democratic growth.  Term limits offer a periodic guarantee of personnel change, and thus enhance the possibility of change of party in government. This is significant, as power alternation is an important feature of a democratic system of government.

Prolonged time in office allows for greater centralization and personalization of power and deeper entrenchment of informal patronage networks. Prolonged tenure also creates an accountability deficit that allows for an increase in corruption.

History has shown that power alternation is important for the growth of democracy whereas in life-presidencies, power transitions are frequently orchestrated by the gun.  By increasing the likelihood of change, term limits also increase the chance that power contestation will take place in a non-violent manner. In spite of constitutional term limits, many leaders have not resisted the call of power retention and sought to extend their tenure beyond the terms mandated in their country’s constitutions.

Please join us as we ask the visiting politicians from Uganda to address this, and other, very contentious issues during the Political Forum at the upcoming UNAA Convention in Seattle.

Please note that this year’s forum will be presented in a debate format featuring 5 members of the public and opposition Members of Parliament on one side, and 5 members of the public and Uganda Government representatives on the other.

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