Uganda is strengthening ties with Turkey to boost bilateral trade, Chimp Corps report.
“The Ugandan Embassy in Ankara, Turkey has initiated engagements with the Ministry of Commerce of Turkey to partner in organising the ‘Uganda Day’ within cities of Istanbul, Bursa, Ankara and Antalya,” said Amb. Stephen Mubiru, the Head of Ugandan Mission to Turkey.
He said the ‘Uganda Day’ in these cities will bring together private sector players in Turkey, Chambers of Commerce and Industry as well as Associations of Tour and Travel Agents to listen to presentations as well as picture and video exhibitions about Uganda.
“The overall objective of this drive is to promote Uganda as an investment or leisure destination to recon with,” said Mubiru this Thursday evening.
“The Embassy plans to reactive the Uganda-Turkey Joint Economic Commission (JEC) which was scheduled to take place in Uganda but was halted due to the outbreak of Covid 19. Organising Uganda day in strategic cities and interfacing with their Chambers of Commerce and Industry will generate interest towards the JEC.”
Officials say relations between Uganda and Turkey have grown from strength to strength since the establishment of diplomatic relations in the early 60s.
The two countries opened resident Missions in each others Capitals in 2011 and 2012.
Following the opening of Uganda resident Mission in Ankara, the Mission, through Economic and Commercial Diplomacy program has greatly improved trade from USD 32m in 2017 to USD 78m in 2021.
The Mission has also secured over 311 scholarships for Ugandans in strategic studies in academic year 2020/2021 alone.
Turkey is expected to commence importation of Uganda’s beef and dairy, as well as support Uganda’s fish farmers increase their production capacity.