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THE UGANDA ASSOCIATION IN MUNICH TO HOST THE UGANDA-GERMANY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CONVENTION 2019

Thursday, 21st February 2019
Ms Lillian Ikulumet, Mr. Michael Lwanga, Amb. Marcel Tibaleka and Ms Harriet Nantale
H.E. Ambassador Marcel R. Tibaleka, on 13th February 2019, met with members of the Uganda Association Munich (UGAM) e.V. who called on him at the Uganda Embassy in Berlin to brief him about activities of their association and plans to host an International Business Convention in Munich later this year. The team was led by Mr. Michael Lwanga, UGAM Chairperson and included Ms Lillian Ikulumet, UGAM Secretary and Ms Harriet Nantale, UGAM Treasurer.

Mr. Lwanga unveiled plans of organising the first ever Uganda-Germany International Business Convention scheduled to take place in September-October 2019 under the theme "Uganda in the Globalised Market." He said the goals of the convention would be to build business relations between Germany and Uganda, promote Uganda's tourism, and market Uganda as a safe and secure investment destination. The Convention would also provide a forum for social, cultural, economic and business interactions.

Ms Ikulumet pointed out that the objectives of the Convention were threefold and included (a) promoting Uganda as an investment destination, (b) strengthening economic and knowledge sharing relations between Germany and Uganda and (c) encouraging the Ugandan Diaspora to invest in their country.

Amb. Tibaleka welcomed his guests and commended them for their plans to host the first ever Ugandan-Diaspora-organised Uganda-Germany International Business Convention. He told the meeting that the Embassy's main focus was the promotion of commercial and economic diplomacy in line with Uganda's Vision 2040 development plan. The Embassy, in this regard, works hand-in-hand with several stakeholders, including the Ugandan Diaspora, in the various countries under its accreditation to strengthen ties, facilitate trade, investment and goodwill between the two sides.

The Ambassador added that the Embassy had formulated a comprehensive strategic approach to enable, engage and empower Ugandans in the diaspora as agents for development - with a range of interventions by the government and other stakeholders. He added that the nature of the diaspora implies that these people are crucial when it comes to connecting countries and communities, because they can call on multiple networks, relate and share a sense of belonging to Uganda.

The Embassy through its contacts with members of the Ugandan diaspora encourages them not only to send remittances back home but to also make direct investments in business activities.

Amb. Tibaleka was appreciative of the fact that UGAM made it possible for the Embassy to map and assess the Munich Ugandan diaspora's socioeconomic profile and their willingness to contribute to the development of their home country Uganda. He hoped that this would spread to other Ugandan communities in other cities of Germany and eventually lead to the formation of an overall Association of Ugandans in the Federal Republic of Germany.

The meeting was attended by other Embassy staff who included Ms Margaret Otteskov, Minister Counsellor/Tourism Desk Officer, Mr. Fred Moses Mukhooli, Counsellor/Head of Chancery and Ms Claire Adhiambo, Third Secretary/Consular & Diaspora Desk Officer.

Source: Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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