Author: Arthur Amanyire


The Uganda High Commission in Canberra, Australia is seeking to register and verify stranded Ugandan nationals who are currently in its area of accreditation and beacuse of the COVID-19 Pandemic, are not able to return home.

Such individuals may include Students, or Research Fellows who have completed their studies or programs and short term visitors/non-migrants visa holders of all categories whose travel plans were disrupted by border closures.

This exercise does not include visa holders who alerady have a settled status in Australia as well as New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands who have no plans to return to Uganda.

If you meet the above criteria, please send us your contact details including the following;

  • Your names and your Residential Address and work place or your Institutional address in Uganda and your telephone number in your host State/Country.
  • Current physical address and your telephone contact of your host State/Country.
  • Copy of your Bio-data page of your Ugandan Passport.
  • Scanned Page of the relevant host Country Visa.
  • Copy of return air ticket(where available).
  • Particulars of sponsoring person or institution(in case of students or groups).

Please send your details to the following email, with the subject “Registration of stranded Ugandan Nationals”

This information should be submitted preferably by end of April 2020.

H.E. Prof. Joyce Kikafunda hosts Mme. H.K. Yu, Head of Middle East and African Division of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The High Commissioner of Uganda to Australia Prof. Joyce Kikafunda hosted Mme. H.K. Yu, Head of Middle East and African Division of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Chancery. The two discussed ways of increasing Bilateral cooperation between Uganda and Australia, particularly in the mining, agriculture, education and tourism sectors.

The Australian official assured the High Commissioner of continued support from the Australian Government. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Grant Morrison, Director for East Africa and Indian Ocean Section at DFAT. The meeting discussed the possibility of opening a resident Australian Diplomatic Mission in Kampala.

High Commissioner’s welcome remarks

I wish to warmly welcome you all to the website of Uganda High Commission in Canberra, Capital City of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Mission of Uganda High Commission in Canberra is to Promote and Protect Uganda’s National interests and positions in Australia and the other countries we are accredited to ie New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands.  We strive to further strengthen the cordial relationship existing between the two sides.  We closely follow the Foreign Policies, Economic Development Agenda and seek to create opportunities for cooperation between Uganda and Australia plus the other countries we are accredited to.  We provide information, guidance and consular services to anyone interested in Uganda for Investment, Trade, Tourism, Mining, Education, Technology Transfer and Aid among others in our implementation of Commercial Diplomacy.

One of the core responsibilities of the High Commission is to deliver the best possible counsel to Ugandan citizens in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands who may be in need of the High Commission’s assistance for any reason.  We encourage you to register with the High Commission. The staff of the Uganda High Commission consists of competent Foreign Service Officers, supported by a team of locally recruited staff.  There are three Honorary Consulates of Uganda in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Perth) plus one in New Zealand.

Uganda, popularly known as “The Pearl of Africa”, a name given by the famous British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in the early 1900s, is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.  I encourage you to visit Uganda to enjoy this beauty and to participate in Development Programmes for the mutual benefit of both sides.

You are always welcome to contact the Uganda High Commission for further information.  We encourage you to send in your valuable observations and suggestions which we shall use to improve the services and enrich the context.  

I thank you very much for visiting our site.

Kind regards.
Prof Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda

Ubuntu Brings Africa to Australia

This Ubuntu choir is made up of 14 young 20-year olds, all graduates of the World renowned African Children’s Choir, a Christian organisation that uses musical engagement to strengthen communities and raise money to build and fund schools that have enabled all these young singers, and many more before them to realize an education that may otherwise have been impossible.

Tapping into the thread of music present in so many aspects of African life, these choirs empower students to actively participate in recognising their dreams and reaching their potential, whilst also providing them with an education, musical skills and overseas experience. A wonderful bi-product of that is a powerful musical & cultural experience.

With the assistance of Non-Profit Kwaya Organisation, the Ubuntu choir is touring Australia in a series of concerts to raise funds needed to complete the construction of a new School in Entebbe, and to find sponsorship for these aspiring young singers to commence their tertiary studies.

The Ubuntu choir toured Australia in 2016 and this time it is the class of 2018 bringing their distinctive brand of music and dance on huge tour up to the East coast of Australia.

The High Commissioner and Staff attended the show in Canberra and at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The High Commissioner hosted the group to a lunch at the Chancery.

Xxi Commonwealth Games 4-15 April 2018, Gold Coast-Australia.

The XXI Commonwealth games, the biggest sporting spectacular event ever seen in Gold Coast, Queensland-Australia.

Athletes from the Commonwealth stood as one for their national teams competing for medals in various sports.

Uganda fielded participants in a number of events and made a great impression as one of the favourite teams with their great performances, smart colourful kits and friendly happy smiles.

Team Uganda finished 15th on the Medals table with (6 Medals), 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Team Uganda was 4th in Africa.

Joshua Cheptegei won double gold in men’s 5,000 & 10,000 Metres, Stella Chesang won Gold in Women’s 10,000 Metres race, Juma Miiro won Bronze in Boxing and Solomon Mutai Munyo won Silver in the men’s Marathon.

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (Dfat) Short Course Farewell Ceremonies

The Mineral and Energy Economics Program (MEE) was conducted by the ANU Australian National University Crawford School of Public Policy in partnership with Pretoria University (Pretoria, SA) and ANU Enterprise.

The MEE program aims to contribute to Economic and Social Development in Africa while promoting Australia as an active partner in African development through which Australia Awards aim to build an engaged and influential global network of leaders, advocates and change makers with knowledge, skills and networks to support improvements that will contribute to their organisations’ effectiveness in fulfilling operational mandates.

Three Ugandans (in the Energy Sector) Mr. Micah Gaalya, Ms Betty Kobere and Ms Angela Nalweyiso participated in the program.

The ceremony was attended by Ms Lwabi, First Secretary at Uganda High Commission, Canberra.

Ambassador Kikafunda Presents Credentials to Governor-General of Australia

On 23rd November 2017 Her Excellency Professor Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda presented her Letters of Credence to the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia His Excellency General Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Rtd). She was accompanied by High Commission Officials Ms. Carol Lwabi (First Secretary) and Ms. Juliet Okunia (Third Secretary).

During the ceremony at Government House, Her Excellency Professor Joyce Kikafunda had a brief discussion on bilateral issues with His Excellency the Governor General. The Governor General thanked Uganda for the great role in hosting refugees from the region especially from South Sudan. His Excellency the Governor General also praised Uganda’s role in keeping peace and security in the region especially Somalia.

His Excellency the Governor General informed H. E the High Commissioner that he is keen for Australia investors to invest in Uganda, mostly in the Service Sector of Oil and Gas. On Education, he was happy with the collaboration of some Australian Universities with Uganda Universities and agreed that more could be done.