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KIU International Desk: Czech Republic Opens Consulate in Uganda


By Rogers Wanambwa

KIU, Main Campus - Last week, the Czech Republic opened a consulate in Uganda to promote trade and investment between the two countries.

The new consul to Uganda is Stephen Mpuuga Kaboyo who presented his credentials to the State Minister for International Affairs Hon. Henry Oryem Okello. 

This was on Friday, December 4th, 2020, on a procession held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs In Kampala. It was also attended by Ambassador Martin Klepetko, the Czech Republic’s Head of Mission in Nairobi, Kenya.

“We would like to develop our business, diplomatic ties, and many other areas of cooperation. We are indeed ready to jump in whenever there are opportunities. We will bring in our companies and experts to develop cooperation between the two countries,” said Ambassador Klepetko. 

According to Kaboyo, the $250 billion economy that is the Czech Republic has a lot to offer Uganda in terms of a partnership.

“There is a lot that Uganda and Czech can do. The Czech Republic is a highly industrialized economy and very diversified. It is a member of the European Union. My focus will be on agribusiness, health, and education. For instance, they have the best universities in Europe,” Kaboyo said.

Besides, the Czech Republic, which is a member of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), is highly involved in automobile, aerospace, high tech engineering rail, IT software, defense systems, agri-business, and the tourism industry. 

“Clearly there are synergies that we can build between Uganda and Czech. A good example is our commodities. Czech imports significant quantities of raw materials. This is a ready market for our exports. We do not have to look very far. The potential is there,” added the new Consul.