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UGANDA CELEBRATES HER 58TH INDEPENDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY

Friday, 9th October 2020
Dorothy Samali Hyuha
WELL WISHES FROM UGANDA BY H.E DOROTHY SAMALI HYUHA

As Uganda commemorates her 58th Independence Day today, allow me to convey warm greetings from H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the government and people of the Republic of Uganda to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and family, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, all arms of the Malaysian government and the fraternal people of Malaysia. 

On behalf of the Government and the people of Uganda, I extend our appreciation to the Government and people of Malaysia for timely combative measures to contain Covid-19 pandemic, and for accommodating Ugandan Nationals who were stranded in Malaysia due to the pandemic outbreak. 
I also condole with the Government and people of Malaysia for the loss of their dear ones due to Covid-19. 

The Pandemic has occasioned wide spread economic, social and human impact and tested the resilience of many countries across the globe. In our case, Uganda took early actions in containing the Covid-19 outbreak and flattening the curve of the pandemic. 

It is our hope and prayer that as countries recover from this pandemic and adjust to new realities, we must as a matter of urgency strengthen our collaborative efforts to address today's and future challenges. 

I wish to thank the Government of Malaysia and Uganda respectively, for standing firm and courageous during these unprecedented times.

Today's 58th Independence Anniversary is commemorated by Celebrating Uganda's steady progress towards economic take off and self-sustaining economic growth. 

The Uganda Vision 2040 is the blue print for realization of Uganda's aspiration of transformed society from peasant to modern and prosperous country. 

The actions and measures that Government, and other players are undertaking to realize this aspiration are elaborated through short and medium-term National Development plans, and currently Uganda is implementing its third National Development Plan (2020/21- 2024/25).

On bilateral level, Uganda and Malaysia enjoy cordial relations evidenced by High level exchange of visits between our two countries in which we have agreed to a roadmap on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation. 

In September 2019, Malaysia opened its consulate in Kampala and appointed a Consul General to conduct its business in Uganda. 

We have also identified Strategic objectives to further strengthen this cooperation namely; Promotion of Commercial and Economic Diplomacy, Strengthening Institutional capacities and Human capital development. 

On the Multilateral level, we cooperate at United Nations, Commonwealth, Organization of Islamic Conference, World Trade Organization and Non-Aligned Movement, to mention but a few. We also Promote Regional and International Peace and Security, International Law and related obligations and commitments.

In the field of Trade and Investment, Uganda identified and compiled Investment compendium and created favourable investment policies to facilitate business to grow and flourish while taking advantage of the beautiful weather in "the Pearl of Africa". 

The strategic areas identified include Oil and Gas, Agriculture value addition, Infrastructure and ICT projects, Construction, Edible Oils, Minerals value addition, Energy, Pharmaceuticals, Electronics and Services sector (Tourism, Hotels, banking and insurance). 

For more detailed information the High Commission is open to discuss with interested prospective businesses and companies. For additional information please visit https://www.ugandainvest.go.ug/

In the field of Education and Research, we have so far twinned five Ugandan and Malaysian Universities and we are focused on exploring more collaborative engagements with other institutions. So far one Malaysian private university has set up a branch in Uganda and quite a number of Ugandan students are pursuing their studies in Malaysia. 

Other collaborative engagements are In the Agricultural field, for value addition, Cooperation to develop a Halal Agro-Industrial Park pilot plant in Uganda and other ongoing technical cooperation projects.

On Tourism, Uganda is source to the mighty River Nile, home to the Mountain Gorillas and boasts of tropical weather and with a wonder of snow-capped Mt. Rwenzori that lies astride the Equator. 

In January 2019, 10 Malaysian tour and travel operators undertook a familiarization trip to Uganda to explore tourism opportunities and also establish business to business collaborations. 

The Uganda Tourism Board has also visited Malaysia and established working relationship with their counterparts. More Information on Uganda's Tourism attractions and opportunities can be accessed; https://utb.go.ug/

In a new development, H.E President Museveni recently announced the re-opening of All Ugandan Borders and the International Airport to Tourists, returning nationals and other business travelers effective 1st October 2020. 

It's our hope that the Tourism industry, commercial filming, Wildlife, Scientific Research, and other festivals recommence under new-normal conditions and observance of Standard Operating Procedures. 

Allow me also congratulate all Ugandans and argue them to work towards the realization of Vision 2040 for economic prosperity, social transformation and development for the Uganda we want.

Lastly, I wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Government of Malaysia for the good leadership, continued support and friendship with Uganda. I thank the people of Malaysia for the cooperation and hospitality all which contribute to a conducive atmosphere to enable us conduct our businesses. 
Once again, I thank you.

For God and My Country.
Uganda High Commission, Kuala Lumpur.

Source: UHC-KL

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