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Tayebwa lauds Uganda’s embassy in Pretoria for strengthening trade and bilateral ties 

(Last Updated On: 16 February 2024)

Kampala I On Thursday, February 15, 2024, the Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa hosted Uganda’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Amb. Paul Amoru, in his office at Parliament House.

The Deputy Speaker had substantive discussions with Amb. Amoru regarding Uganda’s focal interests in the six countries of his Southern Africa accreditation. 

In an X post on his official account, Deputy Speaker Tayebwa commended Amb. Amoru’s unwavering dedication to advancing Uganda’s economic and developmental agenda and strengthening government-to-government ties. 

Amb. Amoru, who holds accreditation to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, and Lesotho, expressed gratitude towards the Deputy Speaker for his leadership and support. 

The Ambassador pledged to further promote commercial and economic diplomacy, re-emphasizing commitment to deepening bilateral ties and offering diligent service to Ugandans and friends of Uganda within his area of accreditation. 

In the last year, the Uganda High Commission in Pretoria has demonstrated a commitment to strengthening bilateral relations between Uganda and all the six countries of accreditation in Southern Africa, achieving notable milestones. 

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Of particular significance are the successful hosting of the 2nd Session of the Uganda-South Africa Joint Commission of Cooperation in Kampala in 2022 and in Pretoria in 2023, President Museveni’s State Visit to South Africa in 2023, and two successful Uganda-South Africa Trade, Tourism, and Investment Summits held in Johannesburg and Kampala. 

Additionally, through Amb. Amoru, Uganda secured an agreement on a roadmap for visa waivers for holders of ordinary passports and successfully organized a Business Forum in partnership with WESGRO in Western Cape.

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November 2023 marked a monumental occasion in Pretoria with the inaugural Convention of Ugandans in Southern Africa, demonstrating the growing presence and influence of the Ugandan community in the region. 

The meeting with the Deputy Speaker took place amidst a significant mission to Uganda by Scientists from Botswana, coordinated by Amb. Amoru, indicating an intent to facilitate the outcome of a vital bilateral meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and his Botswana counterpart, President Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi.

This collaboration aims to address animal health and disease control, with a specific focus on Foot and Mouth Disease, with potential monumental benefits to Uganda’s export value for agricultural products such as milk and beef. 

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These achievements have solidified collaboration across various sectors, thereby amplifying their commitment to enhancing bilateral relations spanning from tourism and transport to correctional services, prisons, and ICTs.

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