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Uganda's New Envoy to South Africa Presents Credentials to Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa pledged to offer him support during his tenure. The Uganda High Commission in South Africa is responsible for five other countries in Southern Africa which include Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
posted onAugust 12, 2022

The new  High Commissioner of Uganda to South Africa Paul Amoru in the company of his wife Mrs. Eunice Chelangat presented his Letter of Credence to the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, accrediting him as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Uganda to South Africa.

In his remarks, Amoru underscored the existing excellent and cordial bilateral relations between Uganda and South Africa which are anchored on a blood bond that dates far back before South Africa got her Independence.

This year the two nations celebrate the 28th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

The High Commissioner noted that Uganda provided a sanctuary for the South African freedom fighters of uMukonto Wesizwe the military arm of ANC after the UN Security Council Resolution 435 that led to the withdrawal of ANC from Angola to the Camp in Kaweweta- Luwero, which later in 1998 became the Oliver Reginald Tambo School of Leadership & Pan – African Centre of Excellence and a home and training ground for the ANC freedom fighters.

This shared history of struggle for the freedom and progress of our people remains the umbilical code that connects our two great countries.

The High Commissioner emphasized that this gesture remains a key building block for the foundation of friendship between the two countries and added that his government and the people of Uganda take pride in the support shared by the two countries for the uMukhonto Wesizwe team during the struggle for freedom and democracy for South Africa.

The High Commissioner expressed the need for the two countries to augment the outcomes of the recently concluded Joint Commission of Cooperation(JCC) meeting hosted by Uganda in Kampala between August 7-11.

The High Commissioner observed that economic cooperation is another significant part of the relationship between the two countries.

He highlighted that during the last 25 years the exports of South Africa to Uganda have increased at an annualized rate of 6.82%, from $36 million in 1995 to $187M in 2020, while exports of Uganda to South Africa in the same period increased at an annualized rate of 12.8%, from $1.01M in 1995 to $20.7M in 2020.

He pointed out that the main products that South Africa exported to Uganda are Gold ($58.4M), Delivery Trucks (ZAR20.8M), Hot-Rolled Iron ($9.76M) Uncoated Paper (ZAR10.9M), Pesticides (ZAR8.58M), Laboratory Reagents (ZAR3.91M), and Processed Cereals (ZAR3.69M) while the main products that Uganda exported to South Africa were Packaged Medicaments ($13.1M), Coffee ($2.88M), Raw Tobacco ($1.28M), other live plants, cuttings and slips; mushroom.

The two exchanged views on topical matters on the continent such as Pan-Africanism, impact of Covid-19, socio-economic and security issues, politics, climate change and its impact, collaborative exchanges in various fields, among others.

On behalf of President Yoweri Museveni, the high commissioner commended his host for the role he played in ensuring the equitable distribution of the Covid -19 Vaccine on the African Continent as the Champion of the African Union Covid-19 Response Fund.

The High Commissioner pledged his commitment to work with his host to deepen and expand the scope of cooperation in advancing the common goals of serving the people of both countries to the best of his abilities.

The High Commissioner committed to focus on the agenda of the Abuja Treaty of 1991 which is anchored on accelerating intra-African trade and enhancing coordination with regional and international organizations.

He noted that President Museveni and the government of Uganda believe that the future of Africa in this new global environment lies in deeper economic integration, continent-wide that will strengthen Africa’s common voice and policy space in the global trade negotiations.

Ramaphosa pledged to offer him support during his tenure. The Uganda High Commission in South Africa is responsible for five other countries in Southern Africa which include Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

On top of its core role of fostering diplomatic relations and promotion of trade, tourism and investment in the Southern Africa Region, the Mission also offers consular services to Ugandans such as e-passports, national identity cards and temporary travel documents issuance as well as e- visas to travellers to Uganda.

There are over 50,000 Ugandans living, working and studying in South Africa.

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