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Uganda sends Envoy to the Republic of Seychelles

ByMoses Sentamu

Nov 24, 2021 ,

Amb. Dr. Hassan Wasswa Galiwango presented his letters of credence to H.E. Wavel Ramkalawan, the President of the Republic of Seychelles at State House in Victoria, in the Island country. With residence in Nairobi, Amb. Galiwango now doubles as Uganda’s High Commissioner to Kenya and the Seychelles.

While presenting his credentials, Amb. Galiwango was accompanied by his spouse Hajjat Sheru Nsubuga, counsellor Evans Aryabaha and Bernadette Ssempa, the first secretary attached to Uganda High commission in Nairobi.

Amb. Hassan Galiwango (left) presenting his credentials to H.E Wavel Ramkalawan, the president of the republic of Seychelles on Tuesday
Amb. Galiwango, who was well received by president Ramkalawan, delivered fraternal greetings from President Yoweri Museveni to his counterpart. The High Commissioner and his host, reminisced the historical links between the two countries exemplified by the exiling of Kabaka Mwanga and Omukama Kabalega in Seychelles, by the British colonial administrators between 1899 and 1903.
“Seychelles and Uganda are historically linked by the Commonwealth heritage, shared education and presence of your Kings in our territory,” said president Ramkalawan. “It is very interesting that Kabaka Mwanga was very active and left descendants in Seychelles. When I return to Seychelles, I will make it a point to look for these people with Ugandan blood,” rAmb. Galiwango remarked.
They agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries by concluding a General Cooperation Framework Agreement, with special focus on education, health, tourism, and agribusiness, among others.
The High Commissioner and his delegation separately met Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sylvestre Radegonde, Flavien Joubert, the Minister of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment, Peggy Vidot, the Minister of Health and Dr. Decomarmond the Principal Secretary  for Education Services Department in Seychelles.
The senior officials indicated that Seychelles needs more Ugandan Teachers (for Sciences) and Doctors, and that Seychelles has the potential to import agricultural products such as fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products.

Seychelles officials underscored the quality of service provided to the country by Ugandan Teachers and Judges over the years. They particularly mentioned Justice Martin Stephen Egonda Ntende who was the Chief Justice of Seychelles from 2009 to 2014, Justice Lilian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza (Court of Appeal, 2019), Justice Duncan Gaswaga (First Anti-Corruption Commission, 2016) and Justice Akiiki Kiiza (Supreme Court, 2014).
Amb. Hassan Wasswa Galiwango having an official discussion with H.E Wavel Ramkalawan, the president of the republic Sychelles on Tuesday
Amb. Galiwango and his delegation will today (November 24), be meeting other officials in Seychelles including the Chairperson of Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Amb. Galiwango is the first High Commissioner of Uganda to present letters of credence to the President of Seychelles, which is a precursor for closer and deeper cooperation between the two countries.
Seychelles is an archipelagic island country in the Indian Ocean at the eastern edge of the Somali sea. It consists of 115 islands with a total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$12.3b and GDP Per Capita of US$11,425.1, which is the highest in Africa. The country is highly dependent on tourism and fisheries.

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