By Vision Reporter
Uganda’s Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, Johnson Olwa Agara, has presented his credentials to the Turkish President E Abdullah Gul.
Ambassador Johnson Agara Olwa presented his credentials at a colorful ceremony held in his honor at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, where he was welcomed with a presidential guard parade.
During a Tete-a-tete meeting held with the Turkish Head of State, Ambassador Olwa expressed Uganda’s commitment to strengthening the strategic political and economic ties that exist between Turkey and Uganda.
He stressed that Uganda is committed to increasing trade between the two countries as well as to attracting foreign direct investment from Turkey to Uganda.
Ambassador Olwa called for enhancing the import-export levels between the two countries; value addition to Ugandan products; addressing tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade as well as creating a conducive environment for foreign direct investment between the two countries.
He applauded the joint economic commission (JEC) that already exists between Turkey and Uganda, urging that the forum should be utilized to the greater economic benefit of the two countries.
Ambassador Olwa assured President Gul of the market potentials in the region offered under the EAC, COMESA and ICGLR. He called for information sharing between Turkey and Uganda in technological advancement, vocational training, entrepreneurship and intuitional collaboration.
He also thanked the Turkish government for joining in the efforts for finding lasting peace and stability in Somalia; where Uganda is already playing a key role.
On his part, President Adbdullah Gul applauded President Yoweri Museveni for taking the lead in the peace efforts in Somalia and in the wider Great Lakes Region.
President Abdullah Gul also expressed appreciation to the Ugandan Government for mediating in the war between the DRC government and the M23 rebels.
He observed the need for continuous engagement to find lasting peace in the entire region and that peace is vital for development.
President Gul expressed the Turkish government’s commitment towards strengthening the bilateral relations between Turkey and Uganda. He said that the opening of Embassies in each other’s capitals is already a strong sign of commitment by both governments.
President Gul assured Ambassador Johnson Olwa of his personal and government’s support towards the Ambassador’s work during his duty in Turkey. He said The President of Uganda is his personal friend and he will ensure that the warm relations that exist between the two countries is upheld and strengthened even further.
Ambassador Johnson Olwa was accompanied to the presentation of his credentials ceremony by his spouse, Mrs. Janet Olwa and two Embassy officials: Santa Laker Kinyera and Moses Kasujja Kalule.