The new High Commissioner of Uganda to Jamaica, Ambassador Mull Katende has met with the Jamaica’s Director of the Bilateral Relations, Ms. Shona-Kay Richards in Kingston this morning.
The department of bilateral relations is a division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade majorly responsible for maintaining Jamaica’s relations with other countries.
The two dignitaries discussed negotiations on a draft framework of a cooperation agreement in the areas of Agriculture, Culture, Education and Training, Trade and Industry, Tourism, Sports scientific and technical knowledge exchange, information, publications, news materials and TV programs.
The deal could potentially see Uganda strengthen commercial ties with Jamaica, a country that has been hell-bent at forging formidable diplomatic partnerships with countries across Africa, Asia and Europe
If completed expeditiously, Jamaica proposes the deal is signed on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September.
Amb. Katende went on to present Ms. Richards with Uganda Tourism promotion materials while expressing interest in training opportunities, exchange programs and investment in a hospitality training institute in Uganda.
Katende further stated that although the two countries are currently without technical Cooperation agreements in place, there are trade relations already going on at individual level hence creating need of putting favourable conditions for business in place.
“Uganda has a sizable community living and working in different sectors of Jamaican life,” Katende noted.
Katende presented Ms. Richards with a gift of chocolates made in Jamaica by Ugandan chocolatier, Mrs. Hellen Akiror French.
Akiror, wife to Averell French, is the proprietor of Mt. Pleasant Farms that grows cocoa among other organic foodstuffs.