Hon. Okello Oryem, the State Minister of Foreign Affairs has reassured the Turkish government that Uganda will continue having a smooth, cordial relationship with them.
“I am glad to say that, relations between Uganda and Turkey have progressed and deepened since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. High-level contacts between Uganda and Turkey is a manifestation of the friendly ties that exist between the two countries,” Oryem said.
Oryem made these remarks during the commemoration of 98th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey which was organized by the Turkish Embassy led by its ambassador Kerem Alp at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.
This momentous occasion, he said, is a pivotal moment in Turkey’s history, as it is a reminder that sovereignty belongs to the Turkish people.
“We pay tribute to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and all the heroes that fought for the independence of the Republic of Turkey,” he said.
Adding: “In line with our policy of partnering with other development partners, I wish to acknowledge the involvement of the Government of Turkey and its private sector in Uganda’ development process.”
“Uganda commends the existing good relations between Turkey and a number of African Countries. This is evidenced by the framework arrangement of the Turkey-Africa summit, the third of which will take place in Istanbul on 17 and 18 December 2021,” he said.
The arrangement, he noted, presents an opportunity for mutual cooperation with African Countries in promoting economic development in the region.
According to the Minister, the two countries signed a bilateral trade agreement that has formalized the business traffic between the two countries in the fields of trade, agriculture, textiles, ready-made clothing, hotel and hospitality management and construction among others.
“Uganda continues to use the existing mechanisms like the joint economic commission, the Turkish-Ugandan Business Council among others to enhance the business environment for our citizens and other aspects of our cooperation to further strengthen our mutually beneficial relationship,” he said.
“I believe that for our relations to remain mutual beneficial should be driven by increased volumes of trade, higher levels of investment, increased number of tourism arrivals from Turkey as well as technical cooperation in capacity building through availing scholarships for Ugandan students,” he added.