• Dec 01, 2021 . 2 min Read
  • Uganda consulate offices in Antalya-Turkey opened

Uganda consulate offices in Antalya-Turkey opened
Charles Etukuri
Senior Writer @New Vision

The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Turkey officially opened up an Honorary Consulate in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya in the south of Turkey on November 26, 2021.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala indicated that the Consulate was opened following the successful vetting and approval of Emek Eker as Uganda's Honorary Consul to one of Turkey's top tourist province of Antalya. 

"The launch of the Consulate was preceded by a series of exhibitions held at Hilton Hotel in Antalya that focused on promoting Uganda as a competitive investment destination in Africa as well as top tourism destination," the statement indicated.

His Excellency Stephen Mubiru Uganda's Ambassador to Turkey presided over the event attended to by His Excellency Kerem Alp, the Turkish Ambassador to Uganda as well as officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, renown top Business CEOs of the Antalya organised Industrial zone and representatives of the Tourism Industry of Antalya. "During the function, Ambassador Stephen Mubiru persuaded Turkish investors and tourists to make Uganda a top choice. He further elaborated on the trade and investment opportunities that exist in Uganda in the different sectors of agriculture, education, health, ICT. He also made a case for coffee and other agricultural products such as vanilla,  cocoa beans that are abundant in Uganda and highly sought after in Turkey," the statement indicated.

The event was also graced by the Deputy Mayor of Antalya, the Deputy Executive of the Antalya Chamber of Commerce as well as hundreds of guests that were treated to a Uganda Coffee cupping session and served fresh Ugandan pineapple that was specially imported for the function. 

The Head of economic and commercial diplomacy division at the Embassy Julius Mwijusya also made a detailed presentation about Uganda tourism, Investment and trade opportunities that were made through well-crafted and translated videos that were later shared with the newly opened consulate for circulation.

In September this year, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gen. Abubaker Jeje Odongo, met with, Fikret Kerem Alp, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Uganda, at the ministry headquarters.

Odongo welcomed Alp and commended the embassy’s work in growing bilateral relations between Uganda and Turkey.

He also expressed his gratitude for the increased trade and Investment opportunities created by the Turkish business community in Uganda.

Ambassador Alp congratulated the minister upon his appointment to the foreign affairs docket adding that this appointment would help cement Uganda-Turkey relations.

He pledged Turkey’s continued commitment to development cooperation with Uganda in the sectors of infrastructure, manufacturing, education, and heath (including health tourism).

On the humanitarian front, Ambassador Alp noted that the two countries are renowned for their hospitality as they host the largest number of refugees in the world.

In order to boost the existing warm relations, Ambassador Alp concluded by extending an invitation to Minister Odongo to visit the Republic of Turkey.

The Turkish Embassy in Kampala and the Uganda Embassy in Ankara were inaugurated in 2010.

Relations between Turkey and Uganda are developing steadily as a result of high level visits between the two countries and the willingness of both countries to work together.

H.E President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Uganda on May 31 - June 1, 2016. This visit was the first Presidential visit to Uganda from Turkey and served to bolster the ties between the two countries.

Turkey’s bilateral trade volume with Uganda was $41m in 2019.

Turkeys trade volume with Uganda increased to $63m in 2020.

 

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