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H.E AMB. BARBARA NEKESA OUNDO , AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, PRESENTED HER LETTERS OF CREDENCE TO H.E EMMERSON MNANGAGWA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE.

Tuesday, 26th June 2018


During the ceremony, H.E the President welcomed the Ambassador to Zimbabwe and wished her the best of luck in her tour of duty.

The President noted that Zimbabwe and Uganda share strong bilateral relations and further informed the Ambassador of the close ties that both countries have exhibited in the National Consultative Forum where they normally share the same Vision on matters of African development.

On Trade, H.E Mnangagwa said that, with the signing of Agreement on the Africa Free Trade Area, he anticipates more trade relations among African countries, free movement of goods and African people and with this agreement, H.E noted that this will propel the continent to great heights.

Politically, H.E the President informed the Ambassador of the forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe, at the end of July 2018. He emphasized that his main goal is to promote peace, security and stability, free and fair credible elections, that are free of violence to reflect the Will of the people of Zimbabwe.

A total of 23 contestants are vying for the position of President of Zimbabwe.

Ambassador Barbara on the other hand brought good wishes from H.E Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the people of Uganda at large. She thanked the President for receiving her and according her the honor to present her letters of credence which will enable her perform her duties.

Amb. Barbara promised to work very closely with his government to promote, build and strengthen the already existing relations between the two countries.
She further assured H.E the President of her corporation on the Economic diplomacy as  it is currently the main driver of Ugandas diplomacy.

H.E the Ambassador also wished the President and the people of Zimbabwe a peaceful election process for a peaceful Zimbabwe is to the good of all Africans. She further wished the President the best of Luck in the forthcoming elections.

The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. David Wamono, 2nd Secretary Uganda High Commission-Pretoria

H.E AMB. BARBARA NEKESA OUNDO , AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE, RESIDENT IN PRETORIA ,SOUTH AFRICA, PRESENTED COPIES OF HER LETTERS OF CREDENCE TO HON. PROF PAUL V MAVIMA, AG. MINISTER

Monday, 25th June 2018

Hon. Prof Paul V Mavima, Ag. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the republicof Zimbabwe while receiving copies of the letters of credence from BarbaraNekesa O, a non resident Ambassador Designate of Uganda to Zimbabwe, called forcloser economic and political cooperation between Zimbabwe and Uganda.
He noted that President Mnangagwa has announced that Zimbabweis open to investment and as a country, they have put economic developmentfirst.


The minister then welcomed Amb. Nekesa to Zimbabwe and wished her a successful tour of duty.
In response, the Amb. Conveyed best wishes fromPresident Museveni and the people of Uganda at large. 
She then promised to work together with thegovernment of Zimbabwe to further strengthen the already existing strongrelations between the two countries both politically and most importantlyeconomically.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Wamono David,2nd secretary at Uganda High Commission-Pretoria.


THE UGANDA MARTYRS DAY COMMEMORATED FOR THE 3RD TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA ON 16 / 6 / 2018.

Sunday, 17th June 2018
The Uganda Martyrs day was commemorated for the 3rd time in South Africa on the 16th June 2018.
The commemoration was held at St. Anthony Church in Johannesburg. 
Holly Mass to commemorate the occasion was led by Bishop Duncan Tsoke, the Auxiliary Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp of North West province plus other clergy. The Homily for the day was delivered by Fr. Joseph Ruzindana, the National Youth Chaplain-Uganda.
Mr. Julius.J.Kivuna accompanied by Brig. General Etyang and Mr. Wamono David represented the Uganda High Commission-Pretoria at the function

INTEGRATED TOURISM AS A TOOL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Thursday, 10th May 2018
On the eve of the ongoing Tourism Indaba in Durban, the Minister for Tourism of South Africa hosted an African Ministers Tourism session, to discuss INTEGRATED TOURISM AS A TOOL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
The discussions emphasized the need for increased commitment from all African countries in implementing their bilateral and multilateral Tourism agreements.
This, they noted, will lead to the development of basic infrastructure and regulatory frameworks which will facilitate tourism in the region and the continent as a whole.
In attendance were Tourism Ministers from Angola, The kingdom of Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda,Zambia and Zimbabwe.

UGANDA PARTICIPATES IN THE TOURISM INDABA 7TH - 10TH MAY 2018

Tuesday, 8th May 2018



On the sidelines of the Africa Travel Indaba 7-10 May 2018,   the Minister for Tourism; Hon Ephraim Kamuntu held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Derek Andre Hanekom Minister for Tourism of South Africa.

Among other things the two Ministers appreciated the new visa exemption regime for holders of diplomatic and official passports from the two countries. They hoped that further negotiation will lead to this facility being extended to all citizens from both countries as it will go along way in promoting tourism,trade and investment between both countries.

Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu took opportunity to invite his counterpart to visit Uganda to view source of the mighty R.Nile as well as track the famous mountain gorillas, 54% of which reside in Western Uganda. Mr. Derek Andre Hanekom accepted the invitation.

He also invited his colleague Minister to attend the Tourism Trade Show, similar to the ongoing Tourism Indaba,slated to take place in Kampala in Feb 2019(actual date to be communicated).
The meeting was also attended by H.E Nekesa Barbara and Mr.Julius J.Kivuna, High Commissioner and Minister Councellor from the Uganda High Commission-Pretoria.

UGANDA SHINES AT THE AFRICAN TOURISM INDABA 7TH -10TH MAY 2018

Tuesday, 8th May 2018

The Uganda stall  stood out as an attraction to delegates at the African tourism Indaba in Durban.

Among the distinguished visitors was Mr. DerekHanekom marveled at the beauty of Uganda, the  undulating hills in theSouth West of the country as well as its expansive flora and fauna mostespecially the mountain gorilla with which he took a memorable photograph.


He promised,at an opportune time to visit Uganda the Pearl of Africa.
Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu in company of H.E Barbara Nekesa thanked Mr. Derek Hanekomfor his courtesy call to the Ugandan stall.

Uganda being a home to over half of the Worlds Mountain gorilla population, Mr.Derek Hanekom was invited to visit Uganda and experience our unique attraction and hospitable culture.

Uganda being a home to over half of the Worlds Mountain gorilla population, Mr.Derek Hanekom was invited to visit Uganda and experience our unique attraction and hospitable culture.

 

UGANDA AND SOUTH AFRICA COMMIT TO BOOST TOURISM

Monday, 7th May 2018

On the sidelines of the Africa Travel Indaba 7-10 May 2018, the Minister for Tourism Hon Ephraim Kamuntu held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Derek Andre Hanekom Minister for Tourism of South Africa.

Among other things the two Ministers appreciated the new visa exemption regime for holders of diplomatic and official passports from the two countries. They hoped that further negotiation will lead to this facility being extended to all citizens from both countries as it will go along way in promoting tourism,trade and investment between both countries.

Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu took opportunity to invite his counterpart to visit Uganda to view source of the mighty R.Nile as well as track the famous mountain gorillas, 54% of which reside in Western Uganda. Mr. Derek Andre Hanekom accepted the invitation.

He also invited his colleague Minister to attend the Tourism Trade Show, similar to the ongoing Tourism Indaba,slated to take place in Kampala in Feb 2019(actual date to be communicated).


The meeting was also attended by H.E Nekesa Barbara and Mr.Julius J.Kivuna, High Commissioner and Minister Councellor from the Uganda High Commission-Pretoria.

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA SIGNED AN AGREEMENT ON VISA EXEMPTION 4TH APRIL 2018.

Thursday, 5th April 2018
The Government of the Republic of Uganda and the Government of the Republic of South Africa signed and exchanged an Agreement on Visa Exemption for holders of Diplomatic and Official passports. The Acting High Commissioner, Uganda High Commission- Pretoria, Julius Joshua Kivuna signed on Uganda's behalf, while the Government of South Africa was represented by Mr.Cecil Sols, Director of International Relations in the Department of Home Affairs. The Agreement, among other things, permits holders of valid Diplomatic and Official passports to enter, sojourn and exit the country of the other party of which they are not citizens for periods of ninety(90) days from the date of entry without having to obtain visas. The Agreement will come into effect thirty (30)days after signing.

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA SIGNED AN AGREEMENT ON VISA EXEMPTION 4 / 4 / 2018.

Thursday, 5th April 2018
The Government of the Republic of Uganda and the Government of the Republic of South Africa signed and exchanged an Agreement on Visa Exemption for holders of Diplomatic and Official passports. The Acting High Commissioner, Uganda High Commission- Pretoria, Julius Joshua Kivuna signed on Uganda's behalf, while the Government of South Africa was represented by Mr.Cecil Sols, Director of International Relations in the Department of Home Affairs. The Agreement, among other things, permits holders of valid Diplomatic and Official passports to enter, sojourn and exit the country of the other party of which they are not citizens for periods of ninety(90) days from the date of entry without having to obtain visas. The Agreement will come into effect thirty ( 30)days after signing.

IN PICTURES H.E. BARBARA NEKESA OUNDO MEETS THE UGANDA COMMUNITY IN CAPE TOWN WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE 7 / 2 / 2018

Monday, 19th February 2018
H.E. Barbara Nekesa OUNDO met with the Ugandan Community in her maiden speech she stressed that the Uganda High Commission is committed to serving the and meeting the needs of Ugandans. She pledged more visible presence of Mission in executing it's Mandate to promote Uganda's interests.

INVEST MORE IN UGANDA, H.E. BARBARA NEKESA OUNDO URGES SOUTH AFRICAN INVESTORS IN CAPE TOWN WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE 7 / 2 / 201

Monday, 19th February 2018


In a bid to promote more Trade and Investment opportunities from South Africa to Uganda,H. E. Barbara Nekesa Oundo made a presentation from the Uganda Investment Authority of the  Bankable Projects to potential Investors and officials from WESGRO The Western Cape Investment and Trade and Promotion Agency which is the official Investment and Trade promotion agency for the Western Cape.

Her presentation centered on the number of Trade incentives offered by Uganda providing a conducive and enabling environment for Business to thrive and meaningful contribute to the development and growth of the Uganda which enjoys a unique location at the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa within the East African region and lies astride the equator.


The Priority Sectors for Investment include

Commercial Agriculture and Agro processing
Adding Value to Minerals
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Tourism
Pharmaceuticals
Other viable investment opportunities that can be explored are in Services,Education, Finance, and Health.

UGANDA AND SOUTH AFRICA STRENGTHEN BI-LATERAL TRADE RELATIONS

Thursday, 25th January 2018

UGANDA AND SOUTH AFRICA STRENGTHEN BI-LATERAL TRADE RELATIONS


Hon Amelia Anne Kyambadde Minister of Trade , Industry & Co -operatives of the Republic of Uganda today met with Hon. Gratitude Magwanishe Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa for the 2nd Joint Trade Committee Meeting ( JTC ).


Both Ministers pledged to continue maintaining such platforms for not only exchange of ideas but utilize this pivotal forums for improving the Implementation of the Policies and Initiatives to ultimately achieve development in identified areas of common interest.


In a bid to further promote the already vibrant Trade relations between both countries, Hon. Amelia called for the reciprocal promotion and protection of Investment opportunities to address issues of Trade imbalance with Uganda.


Hon. Gratitude Magwanishe underscored South Africa's commitment to maintaining and improving the already vibrant relations between both countries agreeing that Uganda needs to work harder in improving exports to South Africa and that this Session of the JTC platform should effectively be utlilised for this purpose.


In review of the Progress made since the 1st Joint Trade Committee ( JTC) held in 2002, the following areas where discussed in depth;


1) Cooperation between the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) of SouthAfrica, Uganda Development Coporation (UDC) & Uganda Development Bank Limited (UDBL). IDC has trained a number of staff aiming at capacity building.


2) Cooperation between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South Africa and the Uganda Research Institute ( UIRI). Both signed a cooperation agreement in 2011 and in May 2012 a Project Specific Agreement was signed to commence the Essential Oil Project in Uganda jointly run by both Institutes.


3)Cooperation between the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards cooperating under an MoU arrangement highlighting standards development, conformity assessment, certification.


4) Cooperation between Trade Investment South Africa (TISA) and the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to cooperate on the promotion of Trade and Investment between both countries specifically in Tourism, Agro processing, Mining and Mineral beneciation, oil and gas , pharmaceuticals, infrastructure development and services.


This meeting was preceded the Technical Officials Meeting led by Amb. Julius ONEN Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade , Industry & Cooperatives and Officials from UDC, UIRI from Uganda and Ms. Lerato Mataboge the Ag CEO of TIA as well as other Officials from the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.


The Meeting concluded on a cordial note with both parties, Uganda and South Africa agreeing to effectively and timely implementing on what was deliberated upon

UGANDA AND SOUTH AFRICA STRENGTHEN BI-LATERAL TRADE RELATIONS

Thursday, 25th January 2018

Hon Amelia Anne Kyambadde Minister of Trade , Industry & Co -operatives of the Republic of Uganda today met with Hon. Gratitude Magwanishe Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa for the 2nd Joint Trade Committee Meeting ( JTC ).

Both Ministers pledged to continue maintaining such platforms for not only exchange of ideas but utilise this pivotal forums for improving the Implementation of the Policies and Intiatives to ultimately achieve development in identified areas of common interest.

In a bid to further promote the already vibrant Trade relations between both countries, Hon. Amelia called for the reciprocal promotion and protection of Investment opportunities to address issues of Trade imbalance with Uganda.

Hon. Gratitude Magwanishe underscored South Africa's commitment to maintaining and improving the already vibrant relations between both countries agreeing that Uganda needs to work harder in improving exports to South Africa and that this Session of the JTC platform should effectively be utlilised for this purpose.

In review of the Progress made since the 1st Joint Trade Committee ( JTC) held in 2002, the following areas where discussed in depth;

1) Cooperation between the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) of SouthAfrica, Uganda Development Coporation (UDC) & Uganda Development Bank Limited (UDBL). IDC has trained a number of staff aiming at capacity building.

2) Cooperation between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South Africa and the Uganda Research Institute ( UIRI). Both signed a cooperation agreement in 2011 and in May 2012 a Project Specific Agreement was signed to commence the Essential Oil Project in Uganda jointly run by both Insitutes.

3)Cooperation between the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards cooperating under an MoU arrangement highlighting standards development, conformity assessment, certification.

4) Cooperation between Trade Investment South Africa (TISA) and the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to cooperate on the promotion of Trade and Investment between both countries specifically in Tourism, Agro processing, Mining and Mineral beneciation, oil and gas , pharmaceuticals, infrastructure development and services.

This meeting was preceded the Technical Officials Meeting led by Amb. Julius ONEN Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade , Industry & Coperatives and Officials from UDC, UIRI from Uganda and Ms. Lerato Mataboge the Ag CEO of TIA as well as other Officials from the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

The Meeting concluded on a cordial note with both parties, Uganda and South Africa agreeing to effectively and timely implementing on what was deliberated upon

UGANDA'S AIM IS TO PROMOTE PROFITABLE AND PIVOTAL TRADE PARTNERSHIPS FOR POTENTIAL INVESTORS - H.E BARBARA NEKESA OUNDO

Friday, 1st December 2017
Uganda's High Commissioner to the Republic South Africa, H.E Barbara NEKESA OUNDO addressed Officials from the Gauteng Growth Development Agency, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) represented by Mr. E. Beck, Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) represented by Mr. Lufuno Mammburu and Private Sector Companies at the UGANDA INVESTMENT SEMINAR 2017- GAUTENG at the offices of Gauteng Growth and Development Agency

ELECTRONIC VISA SYSTEM OFFICIALLY FLAGGED OFF

Friday, 24th November 2017
The Uganda High Commission today officialy flaged off the operation of the Electronic Visa System 

UGANDA AND SOUTH AFRICA COMMIT TO PROVIDING EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT IMMIGRATION SERVICES. 23 / 11 / 2017

Friday, 24th November 2017
A Delegation of Senior Officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uganda led by the Permanent Secretary Dr. Benon Mutambi, met with a Delegation of Senior Officials led DDG Mr. Jacky Mackay  from the Department of Home Affairs at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Pretoria on 23 / 11/ 2017.

INVEST MORE IN UGANDA H.E. BARBARA NEKESA OUNDO URGES THE UGANDA COMMUNITY WINDHOEK - NAMIBIA 10 / 11 / 2017

Friday, 10th November 2017

H.E. Barbara Nekesa OUNDO met with the Ugandan Community in Windhoek - Namibia after presenting her Letters of Credence accrediting her as Uganda's High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia to H.E. Hage GEINGOB President of the Republic of Namibia at the State House in Windheok.

H.E. BARBARA NEKESA OUNDO PRESENTS LETTERS OF CREDENCE TO H.E. HAGE GEINGOB, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA 9 / 11 / 2017 STATE HOUSE WINDHOEK - NAMIBIA

Thursday, 9th November 2017

H.E. Barbara Nekesa OUNDO  presented Letters of Credence accrediting her as Uganda's High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia to H.E. Hage GEINGOB President of the Republic of Namibia at the State House in Windhoek.

Both Uganda and Namibia enjoy excellent cordial relations founded on Mutual understanding on Pan African Vision.

President Hage welcomed the H.E Barbara Nekesa remarking that this tenure she is serving as the High Commissioner accredited to Namibia should have more business / investment ventures from Namibia to Uganda to boost both economies.

In response , the High Commissioner reiterated that indeed African Countries investing in other African Countries would fast track Africa's Economic Integration making it more competitive on the world scene

OUTSTANDING UGANDANS HONOURED IN SOUTH AFRICA IN STARQT AWARD CEREMONY 4 / 11 / 2017 JOHANNESBURG.

Wednesday, 8th November 2017
In honour of the numerous achievements in various sectors of small scale  business,  entrepreneurship, innovation to mention but a few, The outstanding Ugandans within the Ugandan Community were honoured at the 4th Annual Starqt Award Ceremony.