President receives credentials of new envoys

Thursday 9th February 2012

President Yoweri Museveni (2nd right) chatting with the new Sri-Lanka’s High ComPresident Yoweri Museveni (2nd right) chatting with the new Sri-Lanka’s High Commisssioner Thambi Raveenthiran (2nd left) who presented his credentials, extreme right is State Minister Foreign Affairs Okello Oryema and left is Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Imperial Group of Hotels Velluppillai Kananathan at State House Entebbe on 8/2/2011. PPU photo

Five newly accredited envoys from Cyprus, Chile, Bangladesh, Israel and Sri Lanka, have presented their letters of credence to President Yoweri Museveni. The ceremonies were witnessed by State Minister for International Affairs Mr. Okello Oryem.

In separate ceremonies held at State House, Entebbe, the President warmly welcomed to Uganda the new Cypriot High Commissioner, Mr. Agis Loizou, with whom he discussed bilateral issues concerning the two countries.

Mr. Museveni requested the people of Cyprus, through the new envoy, to take advantage of the excellent existing relationship between the two Commonwealth member countries and engage in Uganda’s economic development especially in those sectors that are still largely untapped in order to promote business opportunities between Kampala and Nicosia.

High Commissioner Agis conveyed warm greetings from the Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and said that Cyprus is looking forward to enhance its development co-operation with Uganda for the mutual benefit of their people.

Cyprus with a total population of 1 million is a member of the European Union.

Its main economic activities are in the sectors of tourism, shipping and financial services.

Receiving the letters of credence of the Chilean Ambassador, Mr. Konrad Paulsen, with whom he discussed bilateral issues ranging from social, political and economic as well as investment opportunities existing in their two respective countries.

Ambassador Paulsen saluted President Museveni for the warm reception accorded to him since his arrival in the country and pledged Chilean support to Uganda’s efforts to attain development. He informed the President that Chile is one of the countries in South America that are most stable and prosperous in terms of human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization and economic freedom.

The President told the new Bangladesh High Commissioner Mr. Wahidur Rahman that Uganda Bangladesh should exploit further their strong co-operative relationship to promote business opportunities available in the 2 countries.

President Museveni chatting with the new Sri Lankia's High Commissioner ThambiPresident Yoweri Museveni (2nd right) chatting with the new Sri-Lanka’s High Commisssioner Thambi Raveenthiran (2nd left) who presented his credentials, extreme right is State Minister Foreign Affairs Okello Oryema and left is Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Imperial Group of Hotels Velluppillai Kananathan at State House Entebbe on 8/2/2011. PPU photo

The new Israel Ambassador, Mr. Gil Haskel, also presented his credentials to President Museveni. The President asked the envoy to encourage Israeli companies to come and invest in Uganda to enable us export not only to African but also to international markets.

“Africa, which has natural resources, human resources and market which you should utilize, is hungry for capital and technology which we are about to overcome”, the President noted.

The President informed the Israeli Ambassador that Africa enjoys zero tax to access the European, Indian and Chinese markets saying that this could be an added opportunity for the Israeli entrepreneurs to access if they invested in Uganda’s industrial development.

The new Sri Lankan High Commissioner, Mr. Thambirajah informed President Museveni that his country is steadily working towards the industrialization of its national economy mainly in the sectors of food processing, textiles, telecommunications and finance.

Sir Lanka, with a population of 20.2 million, exports mainly tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber and cinnamon.

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