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Thursday, 18th April 2019
Amb. Marcel Tibaleka with Amb. Pavol Ivan, Director Middle East and Africa Department at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bratislava
H.E. Ambassador Marcel R. Tibaleka has had a series of business meetings in Bratislava, Slovakia, with Slovak government and business officials during which he called for the need for Slovakia to create sustainable trade linkages with Uganda by sourcing good quality products from each other's growing export markets.

Amb. Tibaleka, on 2nd April 2019, had the first meeting with Amb. Pavol Ivan, Director Middle East and Africa Department at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bratislava, during which they discussed matters of bilateral, regional and international concern. Both Ambassadors called for the improvement of trade between Uganda and Slovakia and the need to further promote the already existing cordial relations between both countries. Slovakia offers official development assistance to Uganda through the European Union.

Amb. Ivan called upon Ugandans interested in taking advantage of the free of charge education in Slovakia to apply for post graduate studies which are open to all those who know the Czech or Slovak languages. He announced that a number of Ugandan pilots had been trained in Slovakia.

On 3rd April 2019, Amb. Tibaleka held the second meeting with Mr. Pavol Konstiak, Chairman of the Board and President of Slovak Trade Association (Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers in Foreign Trade of the Slovak Republic and Association of Employers of Trade and Tourism of the Slovak Republic). The two sides agreed on the need to organise a tourism fair in Bratislava in the near future. It was agreed that the Slovak Trade Association together with Uganda's Honorary Consulate would organise a familiarisation trip to Uganda for traders, travel agency agents and the press. The meeting agreed that this strategy would increase the Uganda's tourist arrivals from Slovakia and would not only generate more revenues for the country but also create more employment opportunities.

Ambassador Tibaleka's third meeting was with Mr. Pavol Blanar, Managing Partner at Blanar Blanarova & Partners, a law firm that provides high-quality legal services to local and international clients.  Mr. Blanar, informed Amb. Tibaleka that his firm, BBP, was aware of the favourable investment and business environment in Uganda and was nurturing business opportunities in Uganda for its clients. BBP's team benefits from broad experience in and a deep understanding of several important areas of law: energy, regulation, PPP projects and project finance, corporate restructuring, tax, litigation, domestic and international arbitration.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Jozef Zlatnansky, acting Head of Europe Section, International Atomic Energy Agency and a highly ranked professional in the field of Nuclear Energy, who had just returned from Uganda on the invitation of the Uganda Atomic Energy Council. Mr. Zlatnansky briefed the Ugandan Ambassador on the need for the Uganda government to ratify international conventions and treaties on nuclear safety, security and safeguards and to address the gaps in its legislation.

In all the above meetings, Amb. Tibaleka urged the Slovak business entrepreneurs to invest in Uganda saying that the country has a favourable economic and political environment. He informed his audience that to facilitate investments, the government had fixed the basics like infrastructure, ensuring a good road network, ample electricity and was now moving into building a modern railway. He added that Uganda is among the leading producers of coffee, bananas and oil seed crops like sesame (simsim), soybean and sunflower. He said that Uganda is also a major producer of other crops like tea, organic cotton, tobacco, cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables and nuts, essential oils, flowers, poultry, fresh water fish.

Tibaleka was accompanied to these meetings by Mr. Andrej Brna Uganda's Honorary Consul to Slovakia, Ms Margaret Otteskov, Minister Counsellor and Mr. Fred Moses Mukhooli, Counsellor.

Source: Public Diplomacy Desk, Uganda Embassy, Berlin