The Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam K. Kutesa has met the Committee of Parliament at Serena Hotel Kampala.
He informed the committee that his Ministry has improved Relations with Uganda’s neighboring Countries and a number of Joint Permanent Commissions held and Memorandum of Understandings have been signed.
The Minister also said that Uganda’s Foreign Policy is an expression of moral principles, ideals and core values, structured upon a framework of bilateralism, regionalism and multilateralism in a pattern of concentric circles and remains committed to multilateralism as a means to achieve comprehensive and equitable solutions to global problems and challenges.
The Minister further informed the MPs; that Uganda has opened up another Embassy in Qatar to tap into to the vast Investment opportunities, the increasing number of Ugandans working in Qatar and also to improve bilateral relations with this Country.
He said that though there aren’t enough funds to have as many Missions abroad as possible, Uganda decided to have Honorary Consuls in as many Cities of the World as possible to Market the Potential of Uganda and also give any services to the Diaspora.
Today Uganda has forty (40) Honorary Consuls around the world.
About Ugandans imprisoned in other countries, the Minister informed the MPs that “Our Missions are offering Consular Services like visiting them in prisons and finding lawyers to represent the accused in courts of law.”
Among the prisoners who have been extended these services is Mr. Sulaiman Mbuga Kabangala alias SK Mbuga.
The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hon. Katuramu Hood Kiribedda, appreciated the roles performed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs especially lobbying for Positions with International Organizations and also being a productive Ministry that has attracted substantive Foreign Direct Investment and Promotion of Tourism.
He urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make more efforts to sensitize Ugandans about the roles of the Ministry so that all Ugandans can benefit from its services.
The meeting agreed to hold a two day workshop to discuss in details the Ministry’s Mandate, Challenges and the way forward.
In attendance was the Vice Chairperson of the Committee Hon. Akurut Violet Adome and Ambassador Patrick Mugoya the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kasujja Moses Kalule Kagodo Public Diplomacy Department.