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UGANDA MISSION IN LONDON HOLDS VIRTUAL 58TH INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Friday, 9th October 2020

Uganda High Commission in London organised virtual 58th Independence Day celebrations on the 9th October 2020 via Zoom.

The celebrations, under the theme 'Celebrating Uganda's steady progress towards economic take off and self-sustaining economic growth' brought together over 150 participants including officials from UK and Ireland, Ugandan diaspora, friends of Uganda and the Diplomatic Corps.

The celebrations reflected on the country's continuous advancement on its socio-economic transformation journey.

In his statement, Uganda's High Commissioner to UK and accredited to Ireland, Amb. Julius Peter Moto highlighted the significant achievements made under the leadership of H.E. President Yoweri Museveni and the NRM Government.

He underscored the importance of strengthening mutually beneficial commercial and economic ties between Uganda, United Kingdom and Ireland. In addition, he called upon the UK and Ireland business communities to seize the opportunities in Uganda by investing in agriculture and agro-processing, infrastructure, mining and minerals, tourism, oil and gas, ICT, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals.

Ambassador Moto outlined the essential fundamentals Uganda has put in place for sustainable economic growth including investment in key infrastructure particularly roads and electricity/power for production, macro-economic policies to spur further growth in all sectors mostly in agriculture and industry(import substitution) being pursued to create employment. He observed the anticipated commencement of direct flights between Entebbe and London by Ugandan Airlines in early 2021 will further boost trade and tourism between the two countries.

The celebrations were also addressed by the UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Uganda, Lord Dolar Popat, who reiterated his commitment to continue encouraging UK companies that 'Uganda is a fantastic market for trade and investment.'

Lord Popat pointed out some of the UK-Uganda bilateral relations achievements including the ongoing construction of Kabaale/Hoima International Airport, opening up opportunities for UK companies which have made investments worth about '3 billion and doubling of UK Export Finance cover to Uganda from '300m to '600m.

Amb. Brendan Rogers, Deputy Secretary-General, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, lauded the cordial bilateral relations Ireland enjoys with Uganda. He, in particular, reiterated Ireland's appreciation for Uganda's support in their election to the UN Security Council and noted that greater development cooperation was underway.

Uganda's Honorary Consuls to the Midlands and Ireland, Mr. Jaffer Kapasi OBE and Mrs. Sylvia Katete Gavigan, respectively also spoke during the celebrations.

 

Uganda High Commission, London

Monday, 12th October 2020