UGANDA TO PRIORITISE COMMERCIAL DIPLOMACY

KAMPALA, Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has urged Ugandan diplomats to step upr efforts to project a good image of Uganda as one way of attracting investment and increasing tourism to the country.

Ssekandi said here Monday the government was increasing resource allocation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cater for commercial diplomacy and also boost infrastructure development at the country’s missions abroad.

Speaking during the closing of the one-week annual Ambassadors Conference, he emphasized that the forum should address the deeper understanding of the investment plan of the government and ensure the ministry’s relevance to the needs of Ugandans at home and abroad.

He added that the conference was significant for the government to enable the diplomats to network before returning to their stations of accreditation focusing on key sectors at home which are vital for promoting Uganda as an investment destination and trading partner with other nations.

Ssekandi said the conference was also an ideal forum to bring together all heads of diplomatic missions to evaluate past achievements and refocus energies on overcoming challenges for the better performance of the country’s foreign policy.

Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa said issues of continued significance included traditional foreign policy issues like peace and security, promotion of regional co-operation, integration and good neighbourliness and respect for international law and treaty obligations.

Kutesa also revealed that the government would maintain new strategic investment plans like peace efforts in the region to effectively keep track of trade activities and address the increasing number of refugees who he said are hurting the country’s economy.

The forum was held under the theme “Implementing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Strategic Investment Plan Towards Realization of Vision 2040

Source: NEW VISION

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