President Museveni bid adieu to Ms. Elsie G. Attafuah, the outgoing United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Uganda in a warm farewell meeting. The ceremony took place at the President’s country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura District, where the two exchanged gifts on January 8, 2024.
Ms. Attafuah, who has been in Uganda for four and a half years, received appreciation from President Museveni for her significant contributions to the development of the nation. The President acknowledged closely following her work across the country and expressed gratitude for her fundamental role in Uganda’s progress.
During the meeting, President Museveni advocated for the United Nations to focus on supporting Uganda in skills development and environmental initiatives, recognizing the importance of collaboration in these specific areas.
Ms. Attafuah, in turn, expressed her gratitude for President Museveni’s exceptional leadership, particularly during crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic. She commended the President for making critical decisions that aided the nation in its fight against the pandemic and praised his consistent support for the United Nations.
Highlighting the collaborative efforts between UNDP and Makerere University, Ms. Attafuah announced the establishment of an innovation hub, the first of its kind in Uganda. The hub aims to provide innovators with spaces to design and develop new ideas.
Expressing appreciation for President Museveni’s support, Ms. Attafuah recalled the President’s gesture in 1986 when he offered UNDP a plot of land in Nakasero, facilitating the agency’s presence in Uganda.
The meeting also saw the attendance of Ms. Sheila Ngatia, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Uganda, adding to the significance of the occasion.
In reflecting on the United Nations Development Programme, it is essential to understand its role as a United Nations agency dedicated to helping countries eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth and human development. The UNDP emphasizes the development of local capacity towards long-term self-sufficiency and prosperity.
As Ms. Elsie G. Attafuah concludes her tenure in Uganda, her departure marks the end of a chapter characterized by collaborative efforts between UNDP and the nation in fostering development and innovation.