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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018
President Ram Noth Kovind has pledged closer socio-economic collaboration between India and Uganda in a common struggle to uplift the livelihoods of their peoples. The President made these remarks while receiving the credentials of Uganda's new envoy to New Delhi, Ms Grace Akello. In a beautiful state ceremony held in the 365-room Rashtrapati Bhavan, the State House of India, President Ram Noth Kovind extended a warm welcome to Akello, telling her that his country already enjoyed warm relations with Uganda, which could now only be enhanced by her appointment as High Commissioner. 

He recalled recent mutually beneficial high level engagements between India and Uganda, involving top Government officials from each country undertaking visits to each other's capitals. The latest of such visits was a delegation of over 100 business men and women led by the Indian Secretary for Trade to the Eastern Africa CII-EXIM Bank Conclave, which was jointly hosted with the Government of Uganda, in Kampala. He referred to further planned high level visits in 2018; all meant to re-ignite and strengthen socio-economic ties between India and Uganda; which span at least 150 years. The President proffered for collaboration with Uganda, his country's business acumen as well as her technical expertise in many fields including oil and gas, hydro and solar-power generation, infrastructure development, among other areas of hard and soft technological know-how.

While thanking the President for his generous offer of collaboration with Uganda in many fields, the newly accredited High Commissioner requested for special collaboration based on resources for districts so as to ensure availability of capital/credit to kick-start rural development. This, she said, would promote economic growth in rural areas and arrest the tendency for young people to run to a few urban areas in the hope of getting employment.  She cited the Indian example of States developing local enterprise and industry; and thus being able to add to job opportunities for the youth in India's 29 States, away from New Delhi.

The credentials ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Head of Mission in New Delhi, Ambassor Mohammed Kezaala Batwagaine, by Minister Counselor Margaret Kedisi and First Secretary, Francis Mutungi. The Honorary Consul of Uganda, Hon Madhusudan Agrawal, completed the credentials team at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.