Ambassador Stephen Mubiru recently presented his credentials to the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara.
In his speech Erdogan stated that Uganda and Turkey, with a joint population of 125m, are a viable markets for the sister countries. He emphasized that the cooperation between Turkey and Uganda in trade and economic diplomacy should increase, mentioning that Turkish investors and businessmen have a growing interest in East Africa with a specific focus is on Uganda.
In this regard he extended appreciation to the Government of Uganda for the land allocation to ASB Special Economic Zone in Kaweweta stating that this will increase business between two countries, whilst creating job opportunities and contributing to Uganda’s economic development.
President Erdogan stated that the Turkish Technical Cooperation Agency (TIKA) is extending its works in Uganda and would set up its offices at the earliest opportunity in Kampala. He took the opportunity to extend an invitation to President Yoweri Museveni to visit Turkey in the near future.
In response Amb Mubiru informed President Erdogan that Uganda’s focus is on Economic and Commercial diplomacy promotion and so the two countries agreed to strengthen the economic ties between the two sister countries.
Amb Mubiru, who was previously Uganda’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, was accompanied by officials of the Uganda Embassy in Ankara.
Meanwhile, in a related development Uganda’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Elizabeth Napeyok presented her credentials to Sergio Mattarella, President of the Republic of Italy at the Quirinale Palace, the official residence of the Italian President.
President Mattarella and Amb Napeyok talked about development programs existing between the two countries and the need to foster further cooperation.
Ambassador Napeyok emphasized the fact that Uganda is currently focusing on Commercial Diplomacy and the two principals pledged their full support in deepening economic ties between the two countries
Ambassador Napeyok, who previously served as High Commissioner of Uganda to India and Ambassador to Paris was accompanied by Ambassador Mumtaz Kassam, Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Victor Acellam, First Secretary and Mr Ronald Basiimwa, the Third Secretary.