During the meeting with the team led by Norwegian Secretary for Foreign Affairs B?rge Brende they discussed issues of trade, democratic reforms, the forthcoming elections, Uganda?s human rights record and Uganda?s involvement in the regional peace and stability efforts.

Ssekandi told the Norwegians that Uganda and Norway have had along history of friendly relations and appreciated support the Government of Norway has extended to Uganda especially in education and energy sectors and urged the leadership of Norway to consider Uganda as a serious investment destination for its enterpreneurs.

On Uganda?s role in the region peace, the Vice President told the team that Uganda will continue persuing peaceful supporting negotiations between the two factions in the South Sudan as the best means to end the conflict and pacify the country saying the conflict in that country has more implications on the life in Uganda.

On Burundi, the Vice President said that President Nkurunzisa has for the sake of peace and stability in Burundi which he said has taken a number of sacrifices by his predecessors has to stand aside and allow the people of Burundi to peacefully decide on their future.

He said that whereas the court in Bujumbura cleared the President to run for another term, such a venture will be so costly and could plunge the country into more chaos with far reaching consequences to the neighbours and the region.

He also assured the Norwegians that Uganda has had a number of successful elections and that all the necessary legislation has been put in place towards a more democratic and fair election next year.

Responding to Norwegian concerns about corruption, the Vice President said that Government has put in place systems that will effectively manage corruption including constituting the IGG office and appointing more judges but also appealed for more support in capacity building to empower the agencies to effectively do the job.

The Norwegian top diplomat had earlier expressed his Government concerns about Government?s proposed NGO bill, Uganda?s procurement processes that he said are complicated and provide room for suspicion, speculation and breed corruption.

The meeting was attended by State Minister for Finance Fred Omach, Uganda?s Ambassador to the Nordics Zaake Kibedi and officials of Uganda Foreign service and Uganda investment authority.

The Vice President will address a business forum in Oslo which has been organized by Ugandans in the Nordic Countries aimed at showcasing Uganda?s investment potential before leaving for Denmark where he will address a business round table meeting.

Source The New Vision


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