UGANDAN GOVT TO SET UP INSTITUTE TO TRAIN DIPLOMATS

By Joyce Namutebi

KAMPALA, April 8 — Ugandan acting Foreign Affairs Minister Henry Okello Oryem has discllosed that the government is to set up the Uganda Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (UIDIA) in the suburb of Lubowa here.

Construction of the institute is one of the ministry’s planned activities in financial year 2015/16 as contained in the Ministry’s policy statement to Parliament which also states that the UIDIA will be established to build capacity for research, policy development and training among other objectives.

Oryem said here Tuesday that a facility which is up to international standards is needed for training diplomats instead of sending them to attend courses abroad.

Members of Parliament have over the years appealed to government to appoint more career diplomats to represent the country abroad. The MPs had always stressed the need to have professional diplomats grounded in diplomacy for purposes of advocacy and promotion of Uganda’s interests.

They said they had received numerous complaints from career diplomats that they had been retarded in their career advancement because political appointees were pushed above them.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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