UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin has today 4th October arrived in Uganda for his first official visit . His major mission for the visit is to better understand the challenges and opportunities Uganda faces. The Minister is also set to hold meetings with President Museveni, the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
She will also see some of the important development work supported by the UK, including visiting an urban refugee verification site at the Old Kampala Senior Secondary School. The Minister will see how the UK is increasing its work on reaching the most marginalised, for example, through the UK’s Girls’ Education Challenge, ensuring more girls stay in education and learn.
Minister said: “I am delighted to be in Uganda, and for the opportunity to meet President Museveni. The UK and Uganda have historic ties and are united as members of the Commonwealth family. As Minister for Africa, I look forward to strengthening this relationship further.”
“Over the next two days I’m eager to hear more about how the UK and Uganda can collaborate on challenges such as economic development and regional security, and I look forward to welcoming President Museveni to London next week for the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference which will bring together global leaders to end wildlife crime.”
During the visit, Mrs Baldwin is announcing up to £210m funding over the next five years under the Building Resilience and an Effective Emergency Refugee Response that will support a half million refugees with food and other support to help them establish themselves in Uganda.
The funding will focus on the most vulnerable refugees ensuring 350,000 children and their mothers have adequate nutrition, 200,000 children are vaccinated and 100,000 are supported to go to school. During her time in Uganda, the Minister is set to visit the Uganda Virus Research Institute and will learn more about the 30 year collaboration between the UK and Uganda on HIV research and discuss ongoing Ebola preparedness work which the Department for International Development is supporting.
The Minister will also see UK supported work to improve livelihoods and productive opportunities through solar technology.
Harriett Baldwin is the UK’s Minister for Africa for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.
The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) was launched in 2012.
In its first phase (up until March 2017), the GEC supported the education of over one million marginalized girls globally. It also benefited many more girls and communities through 37 different projects in 18 countries across Africa and Asia, including Uganda.