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Friday, 12th October 2018
High Commissioner Dorothy Samali Hyuha cutting the cake with the Guest of Honour Hon. Tengku Zulpuri Shah bin Raja Puji, Deputy Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Government of Malaysia

The High Commissioner reflected onUganda’s journey and achievements through the years when the country had a darkhistory due to political instabilities, bad leadership and economic collapsedue to structural vulnerabilities. The High Commissioner also informed thatunder the leadership of H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the country hasnot only regained its rightful position in the globe but also laid a strongfoundation for Peace, Security and Development.

On Bilateral relations, the HighCommissioner stated that Uganda and Malaysia enjoy cordial relations which areevidenced by High level exchange of visits between the two countries. On theMultilateral level, Uganda and Malaysia belong to the Commonwealth,Organisation of Islamic conference (OIC) and are founding members of the WorldTrade Organisation (WTO), in which they both promote Regional and InternationalPeace and security, as well as, Promote International Law and relatedobligations and commitments.

In the field of Trade, the HighCommissioner informed that Uganda continues to build stronger collaboration forits industry players by creating favourable investment policies to facilitatetrade and encourage businesses to grow and flourish, build fora and networkchambers of commerce for mutually beneficial exchanges, and trade figures arein the range of about USD 58M and continue to grow. She added that the Missionhas established useful contacts with Malaysia External Trade DevelopmentCooperation (MATRADE) where the Malaysian Inc. Consortium is undertaking aproject to establish a satellite city in Uganda.

The High Commissioner implored more Malaysianbusinesses to explore the potentials in oil and gas, construction, ICT,Agriculture especially value addition, and take advantage of the beautifulweather in Uganda for Investments in the land linked country & “the Pearlof Africa”.

Inthe field of Education and Research, the High Commissioner stated that theGovernment of the Republic of Uganda has twinned with two Universities inMalaysia and are still exploring more opportunities with other institutions forcooperation. She noted that one Malaysian private University has been attractedto set up a branch in Uganda, while about 200 Ugandan students are pursuing theirstudies in Malaysia. She added that MyCorps Malaysian Youth Volunteers teamvisited Uganda, encouraged more of these exchanges to continue as they willfurther strengthen people to people relations.

In theAgricultural field, she stated that Uganda National Agricultural ResearchOrganization (NARO) is engaged with Malaysian Agricultural Research DevelopmentInstitute (MARDI Consultancy) and Enviro clean Energy Sdn Bhd (ECESB) forTechnical Cooperation to develop a HalalAgro-Industrial Park pilot plant in Uganda. More engagements have beenregistered with Cropsfor the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) on Technical Cooperation.

On Tourism, the High Commissionerinformed the congregation that Uganda is home to the Mountain Gorillas, home tothe ‘Big five’, source of River Nile (the longest river in the world), and withtropical weather and surprisingly with snow-capped Mt. Rwenzori. She added that the Mission has collaboratedwith MalaysianIconic Mountain climber Mr. Ravichandran Tharumalingam who recently climbed thehighest mountain in Uganda the Rwenzori Mountain ranges with Margareta peak at5,109 metres above sea level.  He is thefirst Malaysian climber to climb Mt. Rwenzori and his story has been translatedin Bahasa (local language). It is on this note therefore that the HighCommissioner invited everyone to visit Uganda and explore the fascinatingtourism products. In a related development, a Ugandan student offered a Plaqueon which he drew the Mountain Climber while at Rwenzori Margareta Peak. TheHigh Commissioner together with the Guest of Honour and other invited guestsunveiled and autographed on the plaque as one of the activities.

The climax of the event was a Raffleticket which the Guest of Honour together with the High Commissioner presentedto the lucky winner. The Air ticket was provided by Ethiopian Airlines.

She concluded by expressing her sinceregratitude to the Government of Malaysia for the good leadership and the peoplefor the cooperation and hospitality, conducive environment all which contributeto the relationship between the two countries continue grow from strength tostrength.


Source: UHC-KL