The United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford MP held talks with president Museveni at State House Entebbe.
The meeting focused on strengthening security and deepening the economic and development partnership between the UK and Uganda. The Minister also hosted a roundtable event for Human Rights defenders, reaffirming the UK’s commitment to promoting freedoms and democracy.
The visit was also an opportunity for the Minister to emphasise the UK’s commitment to supporting the education and health sectors in Uganda.
The Minister visited the Uganda Virus Research Institute to witness the successes that have resulted from the collaboration between the UK and Uganda on research into HIV and other related diseases, including Ebola and COVID-19. The UVRI is leading the way in the fight against COVID-19
The UK has been a long-standing supporter of Uganda’s fight against COVID-19. This week, the UK agreed with the Government of Uganda that they will donate a further one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Speaking about her visit to Uganda Minister for Africa Vicky Ford MP, said: “this visit has demonstrated the breadth of opportunities there are to deepen our partnership further.”
“I gained many insights from my frank and wide-ranging discussions with President Museveni, his government, our development partners and others. I look forward to further engagement in those areas where we have identified opportunities for further bilateral cooperation – from regional security, economic partnership, education and women’s empowerment and collectively tackling global challenges like COVID-19.
“I also had interesting discussions with a range of interlocutors about the importance of freedoms and democracy. The UK is a champion of freedom, promoting the values of democracy and equality and we want to continue to work with Uganda on these issues.”
H.E Kate Airey OBE, British High Commissioner to Uganda said the Minister Ford’s visit demonstrates UK’s desire to grow the relationship between our two nations. We want to see a prosperous Uganda, because a prosperous Uganda means a prosperous UK.