UK – Uganda Ties: MP Baldwin, First Lady discussed education, refugees

Uganda First Lady [Educ Minister] Janet Kataha Museveni [2nd from R] and UK MP Harriett Borison and Ambassadors JP Moto and Peter West.

The relationship between United Kingdom and Uganda is promising – with Theresa May’s government committed to helping Uganda develop in all sectors, whilst taking care of unprivileged people, especially refugees.

The meeting between Uganda’s First Lady – also Education and Sports Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni and Honourable Harriett Mary Morison Baldwin – a British Conservative politician – who has been a Member of Parliament for West Worcestireshire since 2010, discussed bilateral talks, in London.

Honourable Baldwin, also a joint Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Department for International Development MP, hosted First Lady in her office at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the 20th Jan 2019.

This was after Uganda Education Minister attended the recently concluded World Education Forum [WEF] in London, from 18th – 22nd January, 2019.

The two Ministers discussed United Kingdom Development Funds for International Development [UK DFID] support to the education sector in Uganda, notably in refugee affected areas and in Karamoja.

“As a result of the armed conflict in the Great Lakes region notably South Sudan, over one million refugees have been displaced.

“Most of these are in Uganda making her the third largest refugee hosting nation in the world.

“This number is expected to continue to increase. Refugees are unlikely to return home in the near future because of conflict and political instability,” Hon Harriet reassured UK’s continuous support to Uganda.

Ms. Janet expressed gratefulness to the Her Majesty’s Government for immensely contributing to budget support towards the recovery efforts of Uganda since 1986.

“UK-Uganda relationship is cordial in view of the strategic position of Uganda in the Great Lakes region,” she said. 

Uganda’s influence and relative stability in the region makes it a priority country for UK objectives.

The planned budget for DFID investment to Uganda in fiscal year 2018/19 is £100m.

This monetary support was used on building Resilience and an Effective Emergency Refugee Response; strengthening Uganda’s Response to Malaria and in transforming the economy through Climate Smart Agribusiness.

The two Ministers discussed more matters of bilateral importance and in attendance were Ambassador Julius Peter Moto, Uganda’s High Commissioner to London & Ireland; and Ambassador Peter West, Uk High Commissioner to Kampala.

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