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Uganda & Nig. to collaborate for business

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By Mercy Kelani

Bilateral cooperation to enhance the prosperity of each nation.

The government of Uganda is pushing for more business collaborations with Nigeria, promising to include Abuja on the list of destinations served by Uganda Airlines in the near future. On March 21, 2024, the official X page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the disclosure. During a meeting between the High Commissioner of Uganda, Ambassador Nelson Ocheger, and the Nigerian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, the ministry confirmed that an agreement had been successfully established to enhance trade and commerce between the two countries.

During the meeting, the Ugandan side provided an update on the advancements in finalizing the review of bilateral agreements across various sectors including energy, oil and gas, defence and security cooperation, education, among others with the other country. Ocheger took advantage of the opportunity to advocate for an increase in bilateral cooperation to enhance the prosperity of each nation. He was pleased to note the dedication of Uganda and Nigeria towards enhancing their collaboration in economic, commercial, and political matters.

Expanding interactions in the business world.

Also, the Ministry in Uganda made an official announcement. During a recent encounter, Uganda’s Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Ambassador Nelson Ocheger, engaged in discussions with the Honourable Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, who serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The importance of expanding interactions in the business world was emphasized by the two leaders, highlighting the necessity to amplify this relationship. During his address, Ambassador Ocheger stressed the dedication of @GovUganda to enhancing engagements with others.

More so, Uganda Airlines has recently initiated direct flights from Entebbe to Lagos, with plans to include Abuja on the route in the near future. Tukur acknowledged the longstanding connection between Nigeria and Uganda and assured that he would work to maintain and enhance it. On March, 21, 2024, he posted on social media. “My recent meeting with High Commissioner @NelsonOcheger from @UgandaMFA has reinforced the already strong historical and diplomatic ties between Nigeria and Uganda.”

It serves as the national airline of the country.

“This encounter underscores Nigeria and Uganda’s joint dedication to enhancing economic cooperation.” Uganda Airlines, operated by the government of Uganda, serves as the country’s national airline. It was also reported that in 2023, the airline company made an official announcement about offering direct flights from Entebbe International Airport to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos starting on October 19, 2023. The history of interpersonal connections between Nigeria and Uganda can be traced back to the 1960s.

Furthermore, Uganda Airlines is the official airline of Uganda, which is also part of IATA, UR and ICAO, and UGD. It was re-established as a modern version of the previous Uganda Airlines that was active from 1977 to 2001. The new airline started operating in August 2019. The main office of the company is situated at Entebbe International Airport, in Wakiso District, about 34 kilometres south of Kampala, the capital and largest city in Uganda.

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Upon the completion of Kabalega International Airport, a comprehensive flight network to various local, regional, and global destinations is anticipated to be established around the airport. With the imminent arrival of two A330-800 aircraft in December 2020 and January 2021, Uganda Airlines was set to embark on flights to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East by the first quarter of 2021. Various airports around the world are being considered for both international and domestic travel, such as Heathrow Airport, Dubai International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Mumbai International Airport, along with airports in West Africa and Southern Africa.

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