President Yoweri Museveni said on Sept. 23 Uganda would achieve economic growth exceeding 7 percent in 2009/10, higher than previously forecast. In a speech to the UN General Assembly, he focused on economic development rather than recent violence in his country. Museveni said Uganda's economy had grown at a rate of 6.5 percent for the past 23 years, and achieved 7 percent growth last year despite the global recession. "In this financial year (2009/2010), our rate of growth will be in excess of 7 percent," Museveni said. The east African country has experienced steady growth over the past two decades. The Finance Ministry had previously forecast Uganda to grow 6 percent in 2009/10. (Reuters)

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