Uganda and Thailand sign memorandum of understanding

Saturday 17th November 2012

The Government of Uganda and the Kingdom of Thailand have signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of bilateral consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and that of the Republic of Uganda.

The signing ceremony took place at the Santi Maitri Building (Government House) in Bangkok. President Yoweri Museveni, who is accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Janet Museveni, began a 3-day state visit to Thailand on Thursday 15th November 2012. Prior to the signing ceremony yesterday, President Museveni inspected a guard of honour mounted by officers and men of the Thai armed forces.

State Minister for International Affairs, Mr. Okello Oryem, signed the memorandum of understanding on behalf of the Government of Uganda while the Thai Deputy Prime Minister initialed the document on behalf the Kingdom of Thailand. The signing ceremony was witnessed by President Museveni and the Prime Minister of Thailand, Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra. Other Ugandans who witnessed the ceremony included the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni, the Thai Consul in Uganda, Mr. James Mulwana, the MP for Nebbi, Acayo Christine, the MP for Bunyaruguru Katoto Hatwib and Uganda’s High Commissioner to New Delhi, Ms. Nimisha Madhvani .

Thereafter, President Museveni and his wife inspected an exhibition by local women that included Thai traditional crafts, herbs, cuisine, pottery, baskets and cloth. In 2001 the Government of Thailand and Prime Minister then Mr. Thaskin Shanawatra launched an initiative called “one village, one product” to spur local people to utilize their creativity and local natural resources to eradicate poverty and create jobs for those at the grassroots. Later in the evening Thai Prime Minister hosted President Museveni and his wife to a dinner at the Santi Maitri Building.

The President thanked the Prime Minister for the warm welcome accorded to the Ugandan delegation and also appreciated the good relations existing between Uganda and Thailand. He was optimistic that with increased trade and business, the ties between the 2 countries would be strengthened even further.

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