Dr Salim Ahmad Bachou was a prominent economist whose contributions cut across several sectors including politics, business, energy, tourism and wildlife. The Uganda government made him head of Vision 2025 and the National Economic Strategy.
Early Life and Education
Dr Bachou was born on 14th July 1949 in Nyaravur, Nebbi district. He was the 10th child out of 18 siblings.
He was a Teso College alumnus and there, he attained a Cambridge High School certificate.
He went on to study Economics at Dar Es Salaam University, Tanzania where he attained a Bachelors degree in Economics and further studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA, where he obtained a Masters degree in Economics and a doctorate, PhD in Economics. As an avid academic he pursued further studies in Environmental Economics and Environmental Impact assessment at Gothenburg University in Sweden, Bradford University and University of Leeds in United Kingdom.
Dr. Bachou enjoyed a diverse and illustrious career. He was an Economist at the East Africa Community in Arusha, Tanzania from1974 to 1977.
He also worked as the Manpower Consultant with the United Nations in Lusaka, Zambia and as a Planning Director with the Board of Trade, Dare es Salaam, Tanzania.
He worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Economics, University of Notre Dame, USA and a lecturer of Economics at Makerere University.
In 1987, he was appointed the Ugandan Deputy Minister of Energy and later as the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.
In 1989, he contested and won a seat as a Member of National Resistance Council representing Padyere constituency, Nebbi district.
Dr. Bachou also served as an advisor and board member in various capacities including;
- A Board Member of Uganda Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
- A Board Member of Uganda Economic Association;
- A Board Member of Local Finance Commission;
- The Chairman of the First Board of Uganda Wildlife Authority;
- A Board Member of Uganda National Scholarship Trust, Ministry of Education;
- A Board Member of Community Empowerment for Rural development;
- A Member of Council of Islamic Universities in Uganda;
- Patron of Tawsi Welfare Association; and
- Advisor to Institute of Bankers
Dr. Bachou had nine children; David, Moses, Bakari, Jamal, Najma, Jamil, Farouz, Jaleelah and Haneef. He enjoyed sports and loved to host friends and family.
His death on 28th of February 2006 was attributed to pulmonary embolism due to a blood clot.
Dr. Bachou made significant contribution to national and international development through policy development, strategy development, research and mentorship.
His leadership caused the merger of Uganda National Parks and the Game Department that established the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
He took special interest in promoting Uganda as a tourist destination and established the structure of Uganda Tourism Association for the development of the industry by the private sector.
He made significant contribution to the infrastructural development in Nebbi district through his participation in the cotton business, which added value by processing the cotton to textile.
He was an advocate for education and invested in Mashariki High School to provide education to the youth. And today the school is one of the most prominent learning institutions in the region.
Dr Bachou was posthumously awarded with the Golden Jubilee award of 2016 for his outstanding contribution towards the development of Uganda.