Author: Mark Kasenge

Ambassador Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda presents her credentials to the Governor General of New Zealand, H.E. The Rt. Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy

On 27th June 2019, Prof. Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda, High Commissioner of Uganda to Australia, who is also accredited to New Zealand, interalia, presented her credentials to the Governor General of New Zealand, H.E. The Rt. Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO.

The High Commissioner conveyed greetings from H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda to the Governor General and informed her that she was given a task of promoting Bilateral Relations between Uganda and New Zealand, through Commercial and Economic Diplomacy.

The Governor General welcomed the High Commissioner and assured her of continued support from the Government of New Zealand.

The High Commissioner was accompanied by Uganda’s Honorary Consul in New Zealand, Mr. Basil Morrison together with Patrick Muganda Guma and Carol Lwabi of the Uganda Mission in Canberra.”

Ambassador Kikafunda urges Ugandans in Australia to invest heavily in Uganda

The High Commissioner of Uganda to Australia Prof. Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda has called upon countrymen and women in the diaspora to invest back home.

She said Uganda needs partnerships from Ugandans in diaspora since it has already surpassed the stages of donor aid and handouts.

“We are looking for partnerships. We have resources, and technology, why don’t we work together for mutual benefits,” she said.

The Ambassador accompanied by her colleagues including minister counselor at the High Commission Mr Patrick Guma, made the remarks on Wednesday while meeting Ugandans living in Australia’s Queensland city.

The meeting organized by the President of Ugandans in Queensland Mr Adams Ssensano, took place at Ibis Hotel, Brisbane.

Ms Kikafunda urged them to develop their motherland through putting up investments back home.

“In my new administration we want to bring together all the people in the diaspora to work together with the people back home, because you may not want to go back to Uganda for some reasons but you still have your relatives there. “Home is home,” she emphasized, adding that, “motherland is motherland so in whatever you do always think of something you can contribute to your country.”

She advised that diaspora Ugandans can form associations or investment companies as vehicles to set up worthwhile projects back home.

“It’s okay to send money individually to your relatives and friends but one time organize yourselves as groups and equip a school, put up safe water sources as well as investing. When we talk of investment, we start with you. You may not be having millions to invest but at your level you can invest using whatever little you have then you can convince our hosts to invest in Uganda in a bigger way.”

Prof Kikafunda, also informed them that the government of Uganda recognizes and appreciates their efforts in developing the country.

“You are contributing a lot; whatever little you send there is greatly appreciated.

“There’s no way you can say that you cannot invest in your country that cannot happen,” said Ambassador Kikafunda.

Rotary celebrates all things Uganda on International Night

It was an evening of fun and friendship as the Rotary Club of Boorowa welcomed members of the Ugandan High Commission for their International Night.

Rotarians joined in with Ugandan High Commissioner, Her Excellency, Professor Joyce Kikafunda, in experiencing the country’s food, music and culture.