Foreign affairs Ministry recognizes King Ceasor Mulenga credentials as Honorary Consular of Vietnam

By Ambrose Gahene

Minister of foreign affairs Sam Kutesa last Wednesday received and recognized King Ceasor Mulenga, as the Honorary Consular of Vietnam to Uganda. The colorful ceremony took place at Foreign affairs Ministry. King Ceasor Mulenga in the company of his family members and the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities; Ephraim Kamuntu later addressed a press conference at the Ministry. In his media briefing, King Ceasor Mulenga said his appointment as Honorary Consular of Vietnam to Uganda, comes at a time when bilateral relations between Uganda and Vietnam have made tremendous strides.

“Today marks a milestone between two states; the Republic of Uganda and Vietnam. I would like to express my appreciation to the two countries that have enabled me serve as a link between Vietnam and Uganda. This therefore gives me much pleasure to announce that the first Diplomatic Representation for the Republic of Vietnam in Uganda, has started on the journey to further strengthen cordial bilateral relations ”, he said.

L-R King Ceasor Mulenga, Lord Ceasar, Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa and Dr. Charity Mulenga in a group Picture

He in addition said; his role is to cement the already existing cordial relations by promoting economic ventures between the business communities of the two sister Nations. “I shall facilitate traders and investors from Vietnam and Uganda to carry out their businesses in a manner that shall benefit both parties. Therefore, I would like to let members of the public know that Vietnam has opened up a Consulate in Uganda where all services will be rendered to members of the public, political leaders and the Business communities to take advantage of”, he added.

King Ceasor Mulenga {right] presents Vietnam Consular to Uganda credetials to Foreign Affair Minister Sam Kuteesa {left}. Looking on are King Ceasor Mulenga son and Wife {right} and other officials

He hailed Vietnam for being the 45th, among fastest growing economies in the world, saying Vietnam would benefit Uganda in terms of promoting Agriculture value addition, technology, sports and tourism. “Vietnam is currently the second largest exporter of coffee, where 1.8 million tons of coffee is produced annually. He in addition said the country fetches USD 1.5bn from export of Pepper, USD 1.7bn in Rubber exports and USD 8bn in Pharmaceutical exports among others,

“It’s against this background that Uganda is set to benefit from cooperation with Vietnam, especially in the areas of improving irrigation,  high yield organic fertilizers and seeds production”, he further stressed. On the social aspect, he said Uganda government has demonstrated its commitment to promote develop talent. “A good case is in the area of sports, where Uganda footballers play for clubs in Vietnam. We are conscious that if our country is to take its rightful place in the global community, we must depend on skilled and competitive workforce. We hold the view therefore that education and training are the major pillars of economic development, given the knowledge, information and human capital are main assets of an advanced nation”, concluded King Ceasor Mulenga.

King Ceasor Mulenga {left} is flanked by Vietnam Consulate Kampala Commercial Officer Juhi Barot {2nd left}, King Ceasor Wife and son and an official {right} in a group photo

On his part, Minister Ephraim Kamuntu reiterated the importance of the cordial relationships between Uganda and Vietnam, saying that would boost the tourism Sector. “We should ensure Uganda benefits from the 95 million population of Vietnam, by encouraging them to visit Uganda, thereby generating foreign exchange for our Country”, he said.

Also present at the Press Conference, were members of Parliament for Ruhinda North Constituency, in Mitooma district Thomas Tayebwa, that of Ntungamo Municipality; Gerald Karuhanga and Kampala Vietnam Consulate commercial officer Juhi Barot among other dignitaries.

King Ceasor Mulenga is a successful businessman and philanthropist. He is the Chairman; Ceasor Development Kingdom and proprietor of St. Augustine International University {SAIU}, King Ceasor College and Primary School among others. He has offered a wide range of scholarships to needy and bright students to study at SAIU; where this year alone; saw four students from Mitooma district, six from Ntungamo and one from Kabale district get scholarships. In addition, King Ceasor Mulenga said, he has extended scholarships to two needy students from each district of Kigezi and Ankole sub regions of Uganda.       



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