Uganda will use the Summit of the G77 + China platform, which the country gets to host next year, in advocating for the interests of other East African countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South-Sudan and DR Congo.
That was stated by the Uganda Consulate in Arusha, Ambassador Anne Katusiime Kageye during the occasion to celebrate the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary held at the Uganda Consular office in the city.
The Group of 77 at the United Nations is a coalition of 135 developing and emerging countries, in a joint deliberation to promote its members’ collective economic interests and create an enhanced combined negotiating capacity in the UN.
“As you may be aware Uganda will be hosting the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement from 15 to 20 January 2024,” said Ambassador Kageye.
She added that alongside the NAM summit, Uganda is also going to host the Summit of the G77 + China in Kampala.
“Uganda looks forward to be advocating for the interests of developing countries including the EAC and enhancing mutual economic cooperation from the two Summits,” added the consulate.
Uganda will be assuming the chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) for the next three years until 2026.
“In this regard, Uganda’s bilateral relations will remain to be influenced through its active role in strengthening regional integration for economic growth and political stability within our East African Community,” the consulate maintained.
The envoy revealed that focus will remain on creating opportunities for the East African people through the available expanded market as well as guaranteeing strategic security, pointing out that it was imperative for region to enhance collaboration in areas of infrastructure development such as the oil pipeline, roads, railways, and energy.
The consular congratulated the Republics of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for their trio winning the Pamoja bid to host the CAF Africa cup of Nations in 2027, saying the achievement will boost the EAC image globally and provide several opportunities for East Africans.
The 61st Uganda’s Independence Anniversary was celebrated under the theme of ‘a United and Progressive Nation and Taking charge of our future as a free nation.’ Here in Arusha, the event was organized by the country’s Diaspora community.
The Guest of Honor at the commemoration was Professor Bonard Mwape the Director General of the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), who implored all Ugandans living in Tanzania and other overseas countries to ensure that they support fellow countrymen and women.
“It is a noble course for people who make it in life abroad to support others back home,” he stated.
On his part, the chairperson of the Ugandan Diaspora, Didakus Kaguta, said the occasion coincidentally happened in sync with the commemoration of Nyerere Day in Tanzania on October 14, which to them was also a big honour.