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Uganda and South Korea Celebrate 60 Years of Diplomacy

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Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa expressed commitment to deepening the relationship between Uganda and South Korea during the celebration of South Korea’s 75th Armed Forces Day and national day at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.

Highlighting the longstanding political, economic, and historical ties between the two nations, Tayebwa announced plans for a second political consultative meeting to further enhance bilateral relations. He commended South Korea for its peacekeeping efforts in Africa, particularly in South Sudan and the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.

Acknowledging South Korea’s election to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, Tayebwa emphasized the potential for closer collaboration on African peace and security matters.

Tayebwa also recognized South Korea’s significant contributions to Uganda’s socio-economic development through projects such as the fruit processing factory in Soroti and collaborations with organizations like the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the National Farmers Leadership Institute.

The deputy Speaker invited Korean companies to explore investment opportunities in Uganda’s strategic sectors, including agriculture, agro-processing, oil and gas, minerals, ICT, human resource development, tourism, and infrastructure.

As South Korea celebrated its 75th Armed Forces Day, Tayebwa congratulated the nation on reaching this milestone and praised its remarkable transformation into one of the world’s largest economies.

The South Korean ambassador to Uganda, Park Sung-soo, highlighted the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. While acknowledging past achievements, he emphasized the need for enhanced economic cooperation, trade, and investment.

Ambassador Sung-soo encouraged both nations to work towards a more sustainable and mutually beneficial economic relationship, suggesting a shift from unilateral development relations to two-way economic collaborations.

The event was attended by dignitaries, including the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, State Minister for Defence, Oboth Oboth, Maj Gen George Igumba, the Commandant of Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka, and NEC Managing Director, Gen James Mugira.