The Business Community has lauded the Turkish Government and Ugandan Embassy in Ankara for preparations to hold the upcoming Uganda Day expo. The two countries hope to use the event in offing to market various investment opportunities in the region.
The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Ankara has kicked off arrangements with the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of Turkey to partner in organizing Uganda Day in the cities of Istanbul, Bursa, Ankara and Antalya.
According to officials at the Embassy, Uganda day in these cities will bring together all private sectors of 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.
Stephen Mubiru, the ambassador of Uganda in Turkey encouraged investors to explore investment opportunities in Uganda adding that investing in East Africa’s country is a ‘sure deal’ to the success of their projects because of the prevailing excellent investment environment in the country.
The overall objective of the Uganda Day drive is to promote the country as an investment and leisure destination to reckon with. The Embassy plans to reactive the Uganda-Turkey Joint Economic Commission which was scheduled to take place in Uganda but was halted due to the outbreak of Covid 19.
‘’Organizing Uganda day in strategic cities and interfacing with their Chambers of Commerce & Industry will generate interest towards the JEC’’, said officials.
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 other’s Capitals in 2011 and 2012.
Following the opening of Uganda resident Mission in Ankara, the Mission, through Economic & 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.