Climate change effects are due to unchecked industrialisation- Minister Anywar

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Climate change effects are due to unchecked industrialisation- Minister Anywar
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State Minister for Environment, Beatrice Atim Anywar has underscored the urgent need for environmental conservation amidst growing concerns over climate change and industrialisation.

Anywar made the remarks during an event as Turkish ambassador hosted the annual Turkish Cuisine Week, highlighting the richness and diversity of Turkish cuisine and promoting sustainable traditions.

The event, attended by members of parliaments and various notable guests, aimed to showcase the vibrant flavors and healthy aspects of Turk Aegean cuisine.

Anywar emphasised the detrimental effects of unchecked industrial growth on the environment, attributing the current environmental challenges to the historical imbalance caused by heavy industrialization in developed countries.

"Our suffering due to climate change is a direct consequence of the unchecked industrialization pursued by developed nations at the expense of conservation efforts," Anywar stated.

"Incoming investors must be committed partners in conservation, employing clean technologies to mitigate environmental degradation and pollution."

She stressed Uganda's proactive approach to environmental stewardship, including plans to collaborate with Turkey in waste management and technology adoption.

"We are in advanced stages of preparing a delegation to visit Turkey and learn from their solid waste management practices and innovative technologies," she announced.

Highlighting the reciprocal nature of collaboration, Anywar revealed plans for the Turkish Minister of Environment to visit Uganda.

"We aim to exchange knowledge and best practices, emphasizing the importance of nature-based solutions and clean technologies in environmental preservation," she explained.

Anywar underscored the pivotal role of President Museveni's focused leadership in fostering an environment of security and peace.

Drawing attention to the global challenge of climate change, Anywar called for incoming investors to prioritize conservation and employ clean technologies.

"Our incoming investors must be partners in conservation, must use clean technologies that will not increase degradation or pollute our environment," she urged.

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Turkish Ambassador to Uganda, Mehmet Ak Fatih lauded the recent zero waste movement in Turkey which aligns with the long-standing tradition of utilizing every part of ingredients in Turkish cooking.

"Our cuisine reflects our commitment to minimizing waste and maximizing flavor," he stated.

Ambassador Fatih expressed optimism about future collaborations between Turkey and Uganda in these areas.

Ambassador Fatih expressed anticipation for positive developments in infrastructure projects, particularly the Standard Gauge Railway, where Turkish companies are actively engaged.

He also acknowledged Turkish entrepreneurs contributing to Uganda's economy.

Hashim Wahaib, CEO of Yuasa Investment Limited, highlighted the importance of cultural interaction in fostering mutual understanding and business growth during a recent interview.

"Interacting between communities has always been helpful because we learn different norms and values from each other," Wahaib emphasized.

He praised Uganda's potential in various sectors, particularly healthcare and agriculture, noting the influx of European students seeking medical education in the country.

Wahaib expressed optimism about the future of bilateral relations between Turkey and Uganda, citing recent interactions between agro companies facilitated by the Turkish ambassador.

"I see in the near future an improvement in the agro sector between Turkey and Uganda," he affirmed.

Responding to inquiries about Ugandan investments in Turkey, Wahaib mentioned the presence of Ugandan businesses, such as coffee shops, in Turkey. He attributed his decision to invest in Uganda to the sense of security and warmth he experienced, echoing sentiments shared by fellow investors.

"Uganda is my second home. I always felt safe here, and that's why I chose to invest here," Wahaib stated, underscoring the welcoming nature of the Ugandan people and the conducive investment environment.

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