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PRESS RELEASE: 2nd Virtual Interaction between Uganda High Commission, London and the Uganda diaspora in the UK and Ireland.

Monday, 8th March 2021

Uganda High Commission in London organised a 2nd Virtual Interaction Session with the Ugandan Diaspora in UK and Ireland on the 10th April, 2021 via Zoom.

The discussions which focused on Mission services and investment opportunities available in Uganda brought together over 360 participants from UK and Ireland.

In his opening Remarks, Uganda's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom also accredited to Ireland, H.E Julius Peter Moto opened the meeting with a moment of silence in honour of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh who had recently passed on as well as Ugandans who had passed away.

The High Commissioner informed that presidential and parliamentary elections were peacefully concluded in January 2021 and the Electoral Commission declared the incumbent President, H.E Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni, the winner on 16thJanuary 2021, awaiting  inauguration in May 2021. He informed that Parliament of Uganda is yet to enact enabling legislation to enable Ugandans in the diaspora to participate in electoral process, but it is expected that by the next elections in 2026 the requisite law will have been passed.

Ambassador Moto reassured the Ugandan community that the country had moved on after the elections and will remain peaceful, focused on socio-economic transformation.

He  lauded the Diaspora for their contribution to national development, continued support and participation in all Mission events. In addition, he called upon the Diaspora to seize investment opportunities in Uganda particularly in the real estate sector, treasury bills and individual saving schemes.

He advised applicants for passports, National IDs, Visas, Dual citizenship and other Mission services to always attach all the required documents to avoid delays.

The interaction was also addressed by representatives from Housing Finance Bank led by Mr. Yunus Babuwaire, Manager Personal Banking as well as National Social Security Fund (NSSF) led by Mr. Tadeo Tahirwa, Relationship Manager.

They made presentations on the investment opportunities through financial products offered by their respective institutions including mortgages, real estate, fixed-term deposits and voluntary saving schemes, among others.

Uganda's Honorary Consul to Ireland, Dr. Sylvia Katete Gavigan, also spoke during this interaction and noted that Ugandans in Ireland looked forward to the Mission's outreach visit to Dublin at an appropriate time after easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Ugandan community raised several questions on services provided by the Mission as well as the opportunities for investment and services outlined by Housing Finance Bank and NSSF which were responded to by respective Mission staff and representatives from the two institutions.




12TH  APRIL 2021

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