Norway is currently undertaking structural reforms of the foreign service. As part of the reform process, changes are being made in the diplomatic presence abroad.
Concentrating and consolidating is expected to better serve Norwegian national interests, and to increase the effectiveness of Norway’s international engagement. This means that Norway is scaling up its presence in some locations. The consequence is that painful drawdowns must be made in other places.
Five Norwegian missions were closed in July this year. Kampala will be closed by the end of July 2024. Closing of the embassy in Kampala is based solely on overall administrative assessments related to the need for reallocation of the foreign service’s resources.
Uganda is a long-standing partner to Norway, and the excellent bilateral relations are highly valued. Norway wishes to maintain the strong ties that exists between the two countries.
Development cooperation continues. A substantial portion of today’s aid is already administered by the Norwegian development agency, Norad.
Future cooperation will be managed by Norad and another mission in the region, yet to be determined. Support through Norwegian and international NGOs as well as the UN and other multilateral channels continues.
The Norwegian Embassy in Kampala represents Norway in Rwanda and Burundi. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on solutions to safeguard Norway’s diplomatic representation also in these countries.
Two key officials from Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not be available for a comment on how this decision will affect the foreign relations between the two nations, among other diplomatic issues.