Amb. Mull Katende building Economic and Commercial Diplomacy bridges with Jamaica
The two discussed negotiations on a draft framework of Cooperation Agreement in the areas of Agriculture, Culture, Education and Training, Trade and Industry, Tourism, Sports scientific and technical knowledge exchange, information, publications, news materials and tv programs etc. If concluded expeditiously, Jamiaca has gone on to propose that it be signed on the sidelines of the UNGA in September. They are a motivated partner.
Amb. Katende presented Ms. Richards with Uganda Tourism promotion materials while expressing interest in training opportunities, exchange programs and investment in a hospitality training institute in Uganda. Jamaica has a robust and mature Tourism and hospitality industry.
He informed her that Uganda has a sizable community living and working in different sectors of Jamaican life.
To underscore the importance of the African Diaspora, Amb. Katende presented Ms. Richards with a gift of chocolates made in Jamaica by a Ugandan chocolatier living in Jamaica. Ms
Hellen Akurut a Ugandan, who together with her Jamaican spouse Averell French, is the proprietor of Mt. Pleasant Farms, in the Blue Mountain area of Jamaica. They grow their own cocoa, and interact closely with a network of organic farmers.
Amb. Katende stated to Ms Richards that even without technical Cooperation agreements in place, Ugandans and Jamicans are doing business. The two governments therefore need to put in place favorable conditions for these businesses to thrive.
*Uganda Embassy, Washington, DC