The new High Commissioner of India to Uganda A. Ajay Kumar on Tuesday morning paid a courtesy call on Henry Okello Oryem, the minister of state for Foreign Affairs in charge of International Cooperation.
The Minister congratulated the High Commissioner upon his appointment and lauded India’s commitment to the two countries’ bilateral relations demonstrated by the decision to send their new envoy to Uganda despite the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kumar presented copies of his credentials to the minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa on July 29.
Minister Oryem stressed that the two countries, which shared the struggle for independence, have enjoyed cordial relations dating back to the period before the Second World War
He also noted that Uganda is an open economy with a conducive climate for investors and international business operations from India.
The minister also used the opportunity to thank the Indian government and its people for various donations to Uganda, including a Cancer Radio Therapy Machine, the Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre, medicines, and vehicles.
Some of these items were pledged by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Uganda in 2018.
On his part, Kumar expressed his gratitude for the warm reception accorded to him since his arrival in Uganda.
He further stated his intention to continue working closely with the ministry to strengthen economic, political and cultural cooperation between the two countries starting with the specific areas of development finance (Lines of Credit), health (medical equipment), green energy (solar projects) and industrial manufacturing (plant machinery).