Irish secretary of foreign affairs to visit Uganda, boost economic development

The Secretary General of the Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs is expected to visit Uganda next month in a bid to boost economic cooperation between the two countries.

This was revealed during a meeting between Okello Oryem, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs/International Affairs and Kevin Colgan, the Ambassador of Ireland to Uganda on April 12.

A statement for the ministry Colgan formally announced the visit by the Secretary-General, Mr. Joseph Hackett, scheduled to take place from May 21-25, 2024.

“Discussions centered on the itinerary and objectives of Mr. Joseph Hackett’s visit, emphasizing the importance of fostering and strengthening bilateral ties between Uganda and Ireland,” the statement noted.

The visit coincides with the Ambassadors Conference for Ireland’s diplomatic representatives in Africa.

“This convergence of events underscores the depth of Ireland’s commitment to enhancing relations with its African partners” said Colgan.

 “Mr. Hackett’s itinerary will encompass a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s developmental initiatives in the Karamoja region, underscoring Ireland’s unwavering dedication to sustainable development and cooperation in Uganda” he added.

The discussion between Oryem and Colgan “epitomizes the mutual respect and shared aspirations between Uganda and Ireland.”

“Both parties reaffirmed their commitment to fostering closer collaboration across various spheres, including economic development, education, and cultural exchange,” the ministry noted.

Hacket has been Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland since September 2021.

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