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Bagiire, Kabonero Meet EAC’s Mathuki; Inspect New Consulate in Arusha

Uganda’s top Foreign Affairs Ministry officials have this Wednesday held talks with the East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Peter Mathuki in Arusha, Tanzania.

“The talks revolved around infrastructure development, energy, cross-boundary matters, shared natural resources, intra-regional trade, single currency, peace and security, and political federation,” said EAC in a brief statement. 

The Ugandan delegation which was led by Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Hon. Vincent Bagiire, comprised the Director of Regional Economic Cooperation Ambassador Richard Kabonero and Uganda’s Consul General to Arusha, Anne Katusiime.

The EAC Secretariat has been holding meetings with the private sector to improve the business environment through reduction in the cost of doing business, policy reforms, improving competitiveness of regional products against those from outside under the Africa Continental Free Trade Areas (AfCFTA) market and increasing intra EAC trade and investment.

L-R: Amb Kabonero, PS Bagiire, Amb Katusiime and Uganda's Liaision to EAC, Brig Richard Karemire in a group photo at the Uganda Consulate in Arusha
L-R: Amb Kabonero, PS Bagiire, Amb Katusiime and Uganda’s Liaision to EAC, Brig Richard Karemire in a group photo at the Uganda Consulate in Arusha

Scheduled from February 20-22, 2024 the officials’ visit also includes courtesy calls to relevant organisations such as the East African Business Council, Pan African Postal Union, ESAMI, East African Legislative Assembly, and East African Court of Justice. 

These interactions are expected to strengthen ties and explore avenues for collaboration within the region.

Bagiire and Kabonero are expected to use these engagements to appreciate the vital role the Consulate plays in the Regional Integration Agenda. 

The Ugandan officials will also conduct a comprehensive Mission Inspection following the recent upgrade of the country’s Consulate’s status and the inauguration of its new premises.

In November 2021, the Tanzanian government granted the former Uganda High Commission Liaison Office the status of a Consulate. 

PS Bagiire deposits the tools of ratification before SG Mathuki
PS Bagiire deposits the tools of ratification before SG Mathuki

In November 2022, following the upgrade of the Liaison office to a Consulate, Ambassador Anne Katusiime was posted at the Uganda Consulate Arusha as the Consul General.

It all started in 2016 when the East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers decided to establish a Liaison Office in Arusha. 

Uganda established the Liaison Office in 2017, setting the stage for strengthened diplomatic relations.

Initially located on the 7th Floor of Mafao House, Old Moshi Road, the Liaison Office served as a beacon of collaboration. 

However, its elevation to Consulate status necessitated relocation to better premises for enhanced visibility and effectiveness. 

Staff at the Ugandan Consulate in Arusha in a photo with Foreign Affairs Ministry ofifcials
Staff at the Ugandan Consulate in Arusha in a photo with Foreign Affairs Ministry ofifcials

In July 2023, the Consulate moved to Plot 23 B Haile Selassie Road in what officials said symbolised a new beginning and Uganda’s commitment to projecting a positive image in Arusha and neighbouring regions.

The Consulate was inaugurated by President Museveni on November 25, 2023.

The Ugandan officials’ meetings with Consulate staff aim to gain insights into their roles and challenges, discussing strategies for enhanced effectiveness. 

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