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Kutesa: Uganda Eyes New Missions in South America

PM Rugunda being welcomed by the Foreign Affairs Minister  and President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa, at the opening of the  Ambassdors retreat at Speke Resort Munyonyo.  (Photo by PMPU).

Rwanda National Police has appealed to the general public to be wary of suspicious objects that could be explosives and report them to officials as soon as possible.

The call follows cases where grenades were recovered in Gasabo and Nyagatare districts, no rx http://cnafinance.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-upload-media-v1-1-endpoint.php where they were secured in time before they could cause any damage.

On January 3, sildenafil in Rusororo Sector of Gasabo, a resident identified as Emmanuel Muryashyaka, 27, found a rusty tortoise grenade at the Rusororo Police Station Compound.

The area was later cordoned off by Police do deepen investigations.

In the same district on the same day, locals found a rusty tortoise grenade in Gasatsa Sector and they instantly informed Police which secured the place.

The same happened in Nyagatare District, Rukomo Sector, where workers discovered seven tortoise grenades while they were collecting stones for construction work. Police observed that the site used to be an EX-FAR defense.

The Police Spokesman for the central region, SP Modeste Mbabazi, commended the public for their keenness and working with Police to ensure that these explosives don’t harm lives.

“The areas were secured before any of the grenades exploded – and I thank the public participation in the endeavoring to create security. If any individual discovers any object that is suspicious, do not touch it and do not let children play in that area. Report to Police immediately,” SP Mbabazi said.

In the same spirit, he also cautioned the pubic against the illegal ownership of explosives and guns, which is a criminal offense that attracts heavy punishment.
Ugandan diplomats in foreign countries continue to hold discussions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs especially on promoting the country’s brand abroad to boost tourism revenues.

The envoys are also brainstorming on immigration, search http://ciencialili.org/libraries/gantry/core/gantrytemplate.class.php oil and gas and commercial diplomacy.

On Monday, website like this Uganda Ambassadors asked Parliament to permit the Ministry Of Internal Affairs to conduct the registration of Ugandans abroad for the National identity cards.

The Ambassador of Uganda to Canada Alintuma Nsambu said the National ID is going to become a compulsory requirement for Ugandans to get any service from government.

All ambassadors representing Uganda in foreign missions abroad are back home to give feed back to government on the progress of their assignments abroad.

Yet, clinic the second phase of the registration for the National ID is expected to end in less than ten days.

During the weekend, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda pledged Government’s commitment to ensure that critical budgetary allocations are made, to promote commercial and economic diplomacy.

Rugunda who was opening a two-day Ambassadors annual retreat at Speke Resort Munyonyo, emphasized the strategic contribution of Uganda’s diplomatic missions. He said diplomatic services should be deliberately planned for through platforms such as retreats or conferences.

“I urge you to review challenges faced by our country and strategize to strengthen our positioning in the international development arena,” the Premier said.

The retreat was held under the theme: Delivering on the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it was the 7th Annual Retreat/Conference for the Ambassadors.

The Prime Minister said Government was committed to provide a peaceful environment both in Uganda and in the sub region.

“You need to give this assurance to investors and tourists so that they can gain more and more confidence in the country,” Rugunda stressed.

 Productivity

The Premier added that the struggle to move the Foreign Affairs Ministry from a consumptive to a productive sector will be his priority.

“However, I must be convinced that you are indeed making progress away from being a typical consumptive sector to a more strategic player in the economic development processes,” he said, adding, “I expect to receive regular updates on the strategic results in the implementation of the Foreign Affairs Strategic Investment Plan.”

He highlighted the importance of the year 2015 saying it provides the Government with an excellent opportunity to consolidate the achievements in the economic, social and political spheres as laid out in the Vision 2014.

“I cannot overemphasize the significance of 2015. It is a year to seal the deal with a resounding completion of the delivery of the NRM commitments to the people of Uganda in the 2011 Election Manifesto,” Rugunda said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is also the President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Hon. Sam Kutesa addressed the annual Ambassadors’ Conference.

He said his Ministry had outlined nine strategic objectives which include among others, the promotion of economic and commercial diplomacy; regional integration and resource mobilization.

He said Government had endeavoured to build diplomatic presence around the world and if resources allow, more diplomatic missions will be opened particularly in South America.

“We also have to acquire more properties to increase our visibility. Cabinet is due to consider an enabling Paper in this regard,” he said.

He added that the Diaspora remains an important partner in Uganda’s development, with remittances to the GDP last year estimated at one billion US dollars.

“Missions should carry out activities that mobilize the Diaspora to tap into their human and capital resources,” Kutesa said.

He told the Heads of Missions abroad to attract requisite technology, financing and partnerships that support Uganda’s sustainable growth.

 

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