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Wednesday, 22nd May 2019

At a ceremony held at the Presidents Office in the capital, Port of Spain, Ambassador Katende conveyed to H.E. President Weekes greetings and best wishes from the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Amb. Katende observed that the two countries have a lot in common having been former British Colonies,both attained independence in 1962 and by large have a shared heritage.

Amb. Katende thanked H.E. President Weekes for the Technical Cooperation and experience sharing provided by the government of Trinidad & Tobago to Uganda in the Oil and Gas Sector. Amb. Katende informed the President of his readiness to work with the government departments of Trinidad & Tobago to link the Ugandan Private and Public sector operators with their counterparts in businesses that are mutually beneficial.

H.E. President Weekes reciprocated greetings and best wishes to H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. She observed that the two countries enjoy good relations and recalled the happiness in the country when H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni paid a historical state visit to Trinidad and Tobago in 2007. H.E. President Weekes mentioned that Trinidad and Tobago had a vast experience in the Oil and Gas Sector and was happy to share this knowledge and experience with Uganda.  She pointed out that the bilateral cooperation between both countries needs to be expanded to cover other sectors. 

H.E. President Weekes underscored the need for both countries in addition to cooperation in the Energy Sector, to increase cooperation in areas like Agriculture, Health, Trade, Tourism,Education, Sports and Culture. She cautioned against over reliance on the oil and gas sector at the expense of other important Sectors like agriculture. She mentioned that her government was struggling putting in place policies to encourage people to invest in agriculture and correct past mistakes where the sector was neglected due to discovery of oil and gas. Nonetheless, people remain reluctant to engage in farming. Trinidad and Tobago relies heavily on imported food and this raises concerns of food security in the country.

Amb. Katende informed H.E. President Weekes that Uganda government had requested through diplomatic channels a bench marking mission to Trinidad & Tobago for a technical team from of Lands, Housing & Urban development on spatial planning. The bench marking visit is scheduled to take place in June 2019 to coincide with the 9th Annual Caribbean Urban Forum 2019 to be held in Trinidad &Tobago. The bench marking visit aims at learning best practices from the excellent model of Trinidad & Tobago on plans implementation, including in areas of oil and gas activities. This will help Uganda government in implementation of the Albertine Regional Sustainable Development Project(ARSDP) supported by the World Bank.

H.E. President Weekes welcomed the request from Uganda government and pledged full support and cooperation by her government for the scheduled bench marking mission. She encouraged further exchange of visits by officials and other persons from both countries and, in this respect, recalled the recent visit to Uganda by cricket legend Brian Lara to support cricket in Uganda.

H.E.President Paula-Mae Weekes looks on as Amb. Mull Sebujja Katende signs the visitor‘s book at the President’s Office in Port of Spain during the ceremony of presentation of Letters of Credence.


Amb. Mull Sebujja Katende in discussion with H.E. President Weekes during the ceremony of Presentation of Letters of Credence

Ambassador Katende was accompanied to the function by his spouse Mrs. Maliam Katende, Mr. Michael Bulwaka, First Secretary at the Embassy, based in Washington D.C and Dr. Dinesh Mor, Honorary Consul of Uganda to Trinidad & Tobago.