The newly appointed French Ambassador to Uganda Jules-Armand Aniambossou has Monday 15 pledged to strengthen bilateral relations between Uganda and France.
Aniambossou who took office on Monday this week assured to further deepen the bilateral relations between Uganda and France.
The Beninese born businessman with duo citizenship who has been serving on the French Presidential Council for Africa, takes over from Stephanie Rivoal whose service ended in April this year.
Speaking during the Bastile day celebrations held at the French residence in Nakasero,Kampala, Aniambossou said, ”As I take over from my predecessors, my priority is to strengthen bilateral cooperation and the most important aspect is working hand in hand with the Ugandan authorities and all Ugandans.
I will support the local initiatives and count on the extra ordinary talent which already exists in all Ugandan territories.”
Aniambossou noted that according to the French President and every French ambassador, “Africa is a key player in the future of the World and African must take the control of this destiny.
Hearing Africa’s voice is of the utmost importance. For the President; France is not the centre of gravity for Africa but vice versa.”
The event that saw attendance from dignitaries from other Countries, top government Ugandan officials, business community and journalists among others, was as well intended to celebrate Aniambossou’s first day in office.
He said that he has already identified the sectors he will further develop so as to deepen ties between the two countries.
“I have also identified the sectors in which I want to further develop our ties including Agriculture, education and promotion of youth and Women among others.”
“I want to lead a deep and sustainable opportunity for higher education which will deliver significant benefit to French –Ugandan academic and student World.
Above all, I want culture to be at the heart of my action as an Ambassador here in Uganda,” he continued.
Hon. Karooro Okurut, through the Prime Minister’s speech, thanked France as a close partner and permanent member of the Security Council for the enormous support towards achieving peace not only in Uganda but globally.
“The Government of Uganda values the partnership with France; we do appreciate the support given to us as we try to achieve our objective of attaining the middle income status in the near future.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support extended to Uganda through France Development Agency which has reached 1 Billion Euros over the last 20 years,” read part of the statement.