CLOSING REMARKS BY H.E BRIG. GEN. RONNIE BALYA
H.E BRIG. GEN. RONNIE BALYA ‘ndc’
UGANDA AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
THE UGANDA – SOUTH SUDAN JOINT BUSINESS FORUM
18TH JULY – 21ST JULY 2022
JUBA – SOUTH SUDAN
Ladies and Gentlemen
On behalf of the Uganda Embassy in the Republic of South Sudan and on my own behalf, I would like to congratulate you all for the successful South Sudan – Uganda Business Forum that started on Monday, 18th July 2022.
Let me take this opportunity to thank the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, my staff at the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in South Sudan in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as other Ministries, Departments and Agencies from Uganda. I want to also thank our partners and sponsors of this event. These are: Centenary Group, Eco Bank, MTN South Sudan, mGURUSH and Trademark East Africa. Your support has been so valuable to organisation of this event. We hope to continue working with you to facilitate trade between Uganda and South Sudan.
Ladies and Gentlemen
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all the speakers and panelists who have candidly discussed and shared their experiences over these past two days. In a special way, let me thank the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Onyoti Adigo, Juba City Mayor, Alijaabu Mohammed, the Director General of Immigration, Registry and Alien Control, Lt. Gen. Atem Marol Biar and not forgetting the speakers from the Ugandan side led by Amb. Elly Kamahungye, the Director for Regional and International Economic Affairs.
Let me also thank the Ugandan businessmen and women-based Uganda and also in South Sudan for participating in this event. I want assure you that the NRM government is going to work with our brothers here in South Sudan to ensure that the challenges highlighted over the past two days and even before are addressed so that citizens from our two countries benefit from the bilateral trade between Uganda and South Sudan.
In 2018, the Africa Continental Free Trade Area entered into force. This agreement provides an opportunity for African countries to freely trade amongst themselves. However, we cannot enjoy these benefits of free trade when we do not emphasize issues such as standards. I therefore urge our two countries to work hand in hand to ensure that standards of products from both our countries are maintained. I therefore call for deeper interaction between our two bureaus of standards to ensure that standards of products crossing the border are maintained.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thanks to the Media for covering the event and sincerely appreciate their efforts to inform the community.
I am extremely happy that the event has been actualized.
South Sudan and Uganda representatives are committed to providing an enabling good trade environment for their people and business to flourish.
We hope that the he Forum will enable the private sector in Uganda and South Sudan examine achievements and challenges, but also identify opportunities that can be explored to expand their businesses.
For God and my Country