Ssekandi on behalf of the Government congratulated UAE leader Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the people and the leadership of the UEA community upon their 47th National Day
The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has called for more strengthened ties in trade and investment between Uganda and the United Arab Emirates to benefit from each other’s socio–economic and geographical strategic advantages.
Ssekandi said the Dubai Expo 2020 should provide an opportunity where Uganda and Africa generally will showcase what amenities they can offer in tourism and agro products to the rest of the world and provide access for Africa to world trade platforms and markets.
The Vice President who was speaking during the 47th National Day of the United Arab Emirates said Africa has the best tourism destinations and rich organic foods that the UAE and the rest of the world need. The celebrations were held on Monday at Serena Hotel in Kampala
Ssekandi on behalf of the Government congratulated UAE leader Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the people and the leadership of the UEA community upon their 47th National Day and commended H.E Abdulraheim Obaid Saeed Al Falahi the UAE Head of Mission/Charge d' Affaires in Uganda for working towards the consolidation of relations between the two regions.
Ssekandi also paid a glowing tribute to the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates for his efforts in unifying the different Emirates under one union, promoting religious tolerance, attributes he said have seen the UAE leap several steps onto the global financial scale.
The Charge d' Affairs of the UAE in Uganda, Al Falahi, said besides religious tolerance, the UAE is actively involved in the campaign against terrorism and extremism to ensure its national security and international harmony through its military participation in Islamic alliances and enactment of laws limiting religious extremism and terrorism causes.
He said UAE has established its position as a strategic trade hub that provides investors access to regional markets, freedom of transfer of funds and profit besides a buzzing business environment neutral court system and low customs tariffs experiences that that he said can be shared with Uganda in its bid to attract investment.
The function was attended by several members of the diplomatic fraternity, corporate and business community leaders, political and Government representatives.