Uganda diaspora boss, India High Commissioner discuss areas of cooperation

The Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi (L) and the India High Commissioner to Uganda, H.E. Ambassador Upender Singh Rawat, at the Indian Embassy in Kampala. (Photo/Handout)

Kampala, (UG):- The Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the High Commissioner of India to Uganda, H.E. Ambassador Upender Singh Rawat, at the Indian Embassy in Kampala.

The two superiors emphasised uplifting the welfare of migrant workers and combating human trafficking.

“I had the pleasure of meeting with H.E. Upender Singh Rawat, the High Commissioner of India to Uganda, at the Indian Embassy in Kampala. I was joined by Neeraj Vishwakarma, a committed humanitarian and social worker. Our discussions covered several important areas, with a strong focus on the welfare of Ugandan migrant workers in India and the fight against human trafficking, interests of the Indian community and the welfare of Indian workers in Uganda,” said Ambassador Walusimbi after the meeting.

DailyExpress also learnt that the duo agreed to cooperate in several areas of development, including tourism, investment, medical tourism, and education.

On the issue of legal migration and skills transfer; the two leaders explored mechanisms to facilitate legal migration pathways for Ugandan professionals to India, highlighting the importance of skill transfer programs in technology, healthcare, and education.

“We discussed the establishment of bilateral agreements or frameworks to ensure the protection of rights and welfare of Ugandan migrants in India, aiming to provide a safe and supportive environment for them,” noted Walusimbi.

He added that they proposed collaborative efforts to promote tourism between Uganda and India, including joint marketing campaigns, cultural exchanges, and tour packages that showcase both countries’ attractions.

“We examined opportunities for visa facilitation and the development of tourism infrastructure to enhance visitor experiences and encourage reciprocal tourism flows.”

Uganda diaspora boss Abbey Walusimbi (centre) with India High Commissioner on the right

Walusimbi also stated that various key sectors for joint investment initiatives between Indian and Ugandan businesses were identified; with a focus on agriculture, renewable energy, infrastructure, and information technology.

“We discussed mechanisms to facilitate investment flows, such as trade missions, business forums, and investment promotion activities that benefit both countries’ economies,” he stated.

Interestingly, the Ambassadors highlighted Uganda’s potential, as a destination for medical tourism and explored possible collaborations with Indian healthcare providers to promote medical services, exchange best practices, and enhance healthcare infrastructure, and capacity-building initiatives for Ugandan healthcare professionals, through professional exchange programs. This, they anticipate will bolster bilateral ties between Uganda and India.

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