Vietnam launches Uganda consulate in a colorful ceremony

By Ambrose Gahene

Vietnam Government, represented by Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania, Nguyen Kim Doanh last Monday officially opened its Consulate in Uganda. The colorful ceremony took place at the residence of the Honorary Consul of Vietnam to Uganda; King Ceasor Mulenga in Kampala. The consulate, launched by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem was also attended by diplomats accredited to Uganda, religious leaders and politicians among others. “The two countries have worked together on a wide range of issues, where we have shared a lot of experiences and strive for better prizes and opportunities for indigenous coffee growers. We look forward to working with you particularly in economic and commercial fields and getting experience especially in agro-processing and in medium and small scale industries,” Minister Oryem stated in his speech.

According to the Honorary Consul, King Ceasor Mulenga, the consulate will be responsible for both diplomatic and trade relations between the two countries.  “Basically, there are two major responsibilities; commercial diplomacy and public diplomacy; we are also looking forward to attracting investment from Vietnam,” King Ceasor Mulenga added.

L-R Minister Okello Oryem, Ambassador Nguyen Kim Doanh, King Cesor Mulenga and Dr Charity Mulenga tos drinks to celebrate the launching of Vietnam Consulate in Kampala

Ambassador Nguyen Kim Doanh, on his 3-day visit to Uganda also paid a courtesy call to Uganda’s Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. Briefing his host on the socio-economic situation and major external policies of Vietnam, Ambassador Doanh expressed his hope that Vietnam-Uganda relations will expand. He urged the two sides to increase delegation exchanges, sharing of information on economic potential in each country and opportunities for enterprises from both sides to meet and form partnerships. “Vietnam and Uganda should consider signing a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in economics, trade, investment, financial-banking services, and tourism”, he said.

Premier Rugunda said that he believes Vietnam will be successful in its reforms, industrialization, and modernization. He lauded Vietnam’s appointment of King Ceasor Mulenga, as its Honorary Consular in Uganda’s capital Kampala, describing the act as an important step in bilateral ties. He also voiced his hope that the Vietnamese Embassy will continue sponsoring activities to bolster the partnership between the two countries. King Ceasor Mulenga recently presented credentials as the Honorary Vietnam Consul to Uganda, to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa. The function that took place at the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Kampala, was attended by Minister of Tourism Ephraim Kamuntu and Minister for General duties in the office of the Prime Minister Mary Karooro Okurut.Also present; were members of Parliament for Ruhinda North Constituency, in Mitooma district Thomas Tayebwa, that of Ntungamo Municipality; Gerald Karuhanga, Isingiro South Constituency Alex Byarugaba and Kampala Vietnam Consulate officer Juhi Barot among other dignitaries.

King Ceasor Mulenga is a successful businessman and philanthropist. He is the Chairman; Ceasar 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 district, one from Kabale district and One from Isingiro 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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