President Museveni has received credentials from five newly appointed envoys for France, Ghana, Belgium, Sri Lanka, and Thailand to Uganda.
The separate ceremonies that took place on Thursday at State House in Entebbe were witnessed by the Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa.
While receiving letters of credence from the new French Ambassador, Jules Armand Aniambossou, Museveni told the envoy that both Uganda and France have enjoyed good political relationship for a long time noting that the collaboration between the two countries should be enhanced further to include economic, water transport and other sectors.
Ambassador Aniambossou assured the Museveni that France wants to enhance collaborative development ties with Uganda in the priority areas of education, energy and the tourism industry.
The President through the new Belgian envoy Rudi Veestraeten, extended an invitation to Belgian shipbuilding companies to come to Uganda to venture into construction of water transport vessels to serve on local water bodies.
He informed the envoy that Uganda still lacks water transport system. “
Belgium is known because of its good history and shipbuilding reputation,” he said.
The President also told the Belgian Ambassador that the African continent commands a big market potential for Europe.
He, therefore, challenged the Western world companies to take advantage of the relationship between Europe and Africa and participate in the development of the natural resources on the continent.
Museveni later received letters of credence from the new Ghanaian High Commissioner, Ashietey Odunton, whom he saluted and the leadership of Ghana’s political father, Kwame Nkrumah, for leading a political national revolution that was inspirational with regard to economic growth.
Ambassador Ashietey Odunton, who pledged commitment to work for strengthening of the relationship between Ghana and Uganda, thanked President Museveni for his good heart for the African continent and support for his country’s strategic development.
The President and the new Thai envoy, Cherdkiat Atthakor, discussed issues pertaining to investments, trade, industry, tourism, among others.
Museveni encouraged Thai enterprises to participate in Uganda’s market development.
He commended Sri Lanka for achieving an impressive and extensive economic growth, as he received the credentials of the country’s new High Commissioner, Weerawardena Sunil Dharmasena.