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Wednesday, 12th April 2017
Hon. Bernadette Marianne Gierlinger and Amb. Tibaleka at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Vienna
Amb. Marcel Tibaleka on 23rd March 2017 paid a courtesy call on Hon. Bernadette Marianne Gierlinger, Vice Minister of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) at her office in Vienna, Austria. The two sides discussed ways of creating an enterprise-friendly framework and environment for Ugandan and Austrian businesses and ensuring open market access to both countries.

Hon. Gierlinger informed her guest that Austria was willing to share experiences with African countries so that they don't make the same mistakes Austria made. She was optimistic that there was a lot of potential for trade between the two countries and promised to encourage the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO) to organise a trade mission to Uganda in the near future. She said her government aims at strengthening the Austrian export sector by ensuring sustainable growth, improved access to new markets and international cooperation. For this purpose the BMWFW and the WKO had jointly launched the campaign with a budget of over US $56 million for the next 4 years. Part of this funding would be used to facilitate new partnerships and hold trade fairs.

Hon. Gierlinger said that Austria was willing to bring to Uganda the know-how and that one area of interest was the design and installation of water and waste water plants which would be spearheaded by the Austrian Development Agency.

The meeting was also attended by Mr. Alfred Chyba, Uganda's Honorary Consul to Austria who disclosed that there is great demand for organic fruits and coffee in Austria which Uganda could take advantage of. He said Uganda's Robusta Coffee had been voted the best in Austria in a recent survey and that as a result, coffee imports from Uganda had gone up by 20%. Mr. Chyba added that two fruit juice bottling firms in Vienna, Austria were interested in importing fruit concentrate and called upon Uganda to consider investing in this area.

Amb. Tibaleka commended Austria for its excellent vocational training institutions and sustainable apprenticeships programmes and called for Ugandan students to be given an opportunity to do internships in Austria. He said he would encourage the relevant government departments in Uganda to take advantage of Austria's know-how in large scale irrigation technology that could be applicable for commercial farming back home.

Source: Uganda Embassy, Berlin