President Receives Credentials of 6 new Envoys to Uganda

Tuesday, 7th November 2017
President Yoweri Museveni has received credentials of six new envoys that have been accredited to Uganda by their respective countries.

During the separate ceremonies that took place this afternoon at State House, Entebbe, the new Ambassadors from Ireland, Germany, the European Union, North Korea, Nigeria and South Sudan, presented their letters of credence. State Minister for Regional Affairs, Hon. Philemon Mateke and Foreign Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Patrick Mugoya witnessed the ceremonies.
President Museveni warmly welcomed the new Irish Ambassador Finbar O’Brien to Uganda and wished him success in the tour of his duties in the country.
Mr. Museveni called for more German investors in Uganda and more support to the security situation in Somalia as he received the credentials of the new German Ambassador, Dr. Albrecht Conze. He said that Uganda is willing to help but is constrained by funds.

“Somalia is semi attended to by both the outside and inside forces,” he said.

Ambassador Conze commended Uganda’s work to restore peace in Somalia and the efforts to unite the various factions in South Sudan. He re-assured President Museveni that German entrepreneurs were ready to invest in Uganda if laws are put in place to protect them. The envoy said that many investors were scared of squatters that want huge amounts of money for compensation of their land that investors buy from them.

President Museveni advised investors to work with the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) as they take up investment ventures in the country. He added that the Government of Uganda could provide to investors

“I recently commissioned the Pearl of Africa Hotel. The land where this hotel is found used to belong to government,” he said.

President Museveni told the new European Union Ambassador, Mr. Attilo Pacifici, that Uganda cherishes her collaborative relationship with the EU in the development of infrastructure in the country.

Later, President Museveni received the credentials of the new North Korean Ambassador, Mr. Jong Tong Hak, who briefed him on the situation on the Korean peninsular.

Mr. Museveni encouraged North and South Korea to have dialogue.

Ambassador Jong Tong Hak conveyed greetings from the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un and commended President Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) for the stability of Uganda. He observed that the NRM ideology of unity and Pan Africanism has greatly contributed to the stable and peaceful environment in the country.

The President thanked the Government of Nigeria for its contribution of US$9 million towards the construction of a factory in Nakasongola district, as he received the credentials of the new Nigerian High Commissioner, Dr. Etubom Asquo.

Mr. Museveni extended an invitation to the Government of Nigeria to have shares in the factory and share ideas.

President Museveni and new South Sudanese Ambassador, Mr. Simon Duku Michael, discussed economic cooperation between the two countries.

Mr. Museveni disclosed that he had agreed with South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, that the Government of Uganda would extend electricity to Nimule and Kaya at its own cost and would also work on the road from Kaya to Yei.