Ugandans in the United\r\nStates celebrated the 52nd Independence Anniversary in style at\r\na reception organized by Uganda Embassy in Washington, D.C. The reception, held\r\non Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference\r\nCenter in Maryland, was attended by over 500 Ugandans, the diplomatic community\r\nin Washington, and officials from the U.S. government. The Minister of Finance,\r\nPlanning and Economic Development, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, Governor of Bank of\r\nUganda Prof. Emmanuel Mutebile and several Ugandan MPs. Renowned gospel artist\r\nJudith Babirye entertained the guests.
While delivering his\r\nremarks, the Chief Guest Ambassador Donald\r\nTeitelbaum, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African\r\nAffairs, hailed the warm and cordial relations between Uganda and USA. Amb.\r\nTeitelbaum, who represented Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, stressed that Uganda\r\nenjoy privileged relations with USA in many areas of cooperation both at\r\nbilateral and regional levels. He dispelled the rumors that the United\r\nStates had cut development assistance to Uganda. Instead, support in many areas\r\nof cooperation is ongoing and relations between the two countries are strong.
Hon. Maria\r\nKiwanuka said Government is working hard to build infrastructure to facilitate\r\nbusiness in Uganda and the region. She implored Ugandans in diaspora to take\r\nadvantage of the conducive environment and invest in Uganda. The Minister said\r\ngovernment had taken steps to reduce on the cost of doing business in Uganda.\r\nThe removal of trade barriers within the EAC, she said, has so far helped\r\nreduce the time of transporting a container from Mombasa to Kampala from 21 to\r\nonly four days, and this will reduce further. Hon. Kiwanuka also said\r\ngovernment is committed to fighting corruption and reducing red-tape to ensure\r\nthat investors easily incorporate their businesses in Uganda. She further\r\nrevealed that development assistance from the USA to Uganda is on course and the\r\nWorld Bank will soon release the $90 million support to the health sector.
Uganda¡¯s\r\nAmbassador to the United States, H.E. Oliver Wonekha, said the Embassy was\r\ncommitted to the wellbeing of the Ugandans in diaspora. She said the Embassy\r\nhas paid several consular visits to Ugandans in U.S. prisons resulting in the\r\nrelease of some of them. She encouraged them to make use of the services the\r\nEmbassy provides, get information on dual citizenship and enjoy the full rights\r\nand privileges of citizenship. She encouraged Ugandans to remain united under\r\nassociations such as UNAA and other cultural groups.
The Deputy\r\nChief of Mission, Amb. Alfred Nnam, assured the celebrants that government,\r\nunder the able leadership of H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, is undergoing fundamental\r\neconomic transformation. He said the country is now totally peaceful and\r\nstable. He encouraged American investors and Ugandans in diaspora to take\r\nadvantage of the conducive economic environment and invest in Uganda. He also\r\nsaid that Uganda today has one of the highest returns on investment and offers\r\nunlimited opportunities for lucrative trade, investment and tourism.
Source: Uganda Embassy