President Museveni receives Canada Immigration Minister

Thursday 3rd August 2018
The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Mr. Ahmed Hussein, has this evening paid a courtesy call on President Yoweri Museveni at Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo. The meeting came after Mr. Museveni’s address to the 6th Global Peace and Leadership Conference.

President Museveni and his visitor reviewed investment opportunities available for Canadian entrepreneurs in Uganda, the refugee situation and regional issues, such as the conflict in neighbouring South Sudan.

President Museveni assured the visiting Minister and his delegation that Canadian investors are welcome to Uganda.

“Canadian investors will have the internal market of Uganda, East Africa and the market of Africa and the third party markets of USA, EU, AGOA and China,” he said.

Mr. Museveni urged the Canadian government to open up a diplomatic mission in Uganda.

Mr. Hussein, on his part, assured the President that the Canadian government would not just stop at commending him and his government’s efforts to support refugees but would contribute financially.

Earlier in the week in a meeting in Kampala with State Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hon. Musa Ecweru, Mr. Hussein announced that the Canadian Government had offered US$419,000 (Shs.1.5 billion) to address the feeding and health needs of expectant mothers and persons with different ailments, among the refugee population in Uganda.

Mr. Hussein also revealed to President Museveni that Canada would further support Uganda in defense cooperation.
The Canadian High Commissioner to Uganda, Ms. Sara Hradecky, expressed delight over the decision taken by the Government of Uganda to procure Bombardier jets for the revival of Uganda national airline. “The bombardier jets are an excellent technology solution for the regional flights,” she said.

State Minister for International Affairs, Hon. Henry Okello Oryem and Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. Patrick Mugoya, attended the meeting. ENDS