Uganda, Ireland governments agrees on key trade deals

Uganda is pushing to expand its business portfolios, with aims of stabilizing the economy and offering jobs to seekers.

The engagements, leading to signing of accords or Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between Pearl of Africa and other nations has been made, robustly in recent years.

On Tuesday, 11, March, 2019, the Uganda High Commissioner in United Kingdom and Ireland, His Excellency Julius Peter Moto held a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, Ambassador Brendan Rogers at Uganda House, in London.

The two diplomats, discussed matters of bilateral interests to Uganda and Ireland including initiatives aimed at increasing Trade, Tourism and Investment.

This is in addition to Ireland’s candidature for Non- Permanent Membership of the UN Security Council for the period starting in 2021- 2022.

The meeting which was also attended by the Deputy Head of Mission, Ambassador John L. Mugerwa, discussed the proposed Uganda- Ireland Trade, Tourism, and Investment Forum [U-ITTIF].

It was agreed that it could take place on the margins of the Irish National Ploughing Championships (taking place from 17th-19th September 2019).

This, the two diplomats agreed that it would allow for a greater opportunity to focus on a number of distinct sectors, and also marking 25 years of Ireland’s presence in Uganda.

“This could also allow an event to take place at a time where Ireland is most engaged in marketing her Agri-sector while organizing an additional programme/event focused on a particular set of distinct sectors that require value addition in Uganda,” they [ambassadors] unanimously say. 

“Agri-business companies, farmers’ organizations of Uganda are encouraged to register for the Irish National Ploughing Championships & Uganda – Ireland trade and investment forum slated for 17-19th September 2019,” part of the agreement reads.

Nationals of the two countries are advised to express their interests via the Irish Embassy in Kampala.

This timing would also allow for consideration of outcomes and potential follow up, following the Uganda Ireland Business round table that took place in December 2018, and any lessons learned and/or substantive outcomes as a result of this event.

It was further agreed that capturing these elements will allow Uganda & Ireland to jointly consider how to provide a substantive basis for business matching/partnering, with strong sectoral focus as a foundation, for the next Ireland-Uganda Trade and Investments focused engagement.  

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