President Museveni and Prince Edward Chart a Path for Uganda-UK Collaboration

President Museveni and Prince Edward Chart a Path for Uganda-UK Collaboration"

Entebbe, Uganda – In a significant meeting held at State House Entebbe, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Duke of Edinburgh, engaged in fruitful discussions aimed at bolstering Uganda’s tourism sector and fostering closer ties between Uganda and the United Kingdom.

Prince Edward, representing the British royal family as the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, embarked on this courtesy visit with a keen interest in exploring avenues for mutual growth between the two nations.

Museveni takes a walk with the Prince at State House Entebbe

President Museveni seized the opportunity to express his enthusiasm for strengthening partnerships with British stakeholders, emphasizing his commitment to attracting British investments and increasing tourist arrivals from the UK.

He highlighted his directive to the British High Commissioner to Uganda, H.E. Kate Airey, to spearhead these efforts, demonstrating the importance Uganda places on enhancing business and tourism relationships with the UK.

“I have specifically tasked Ms. Airey with the mission to bring us British investors, companies, and tourists. Our focus lies in these areas, alongside our shared Commonwealth cooperation,” Museveni remarked.

The President also conveyed his best wishes for a prompt recovery to King Charles III, after Prince Edward shared news of the King’s health status.

From his side, Prince Edward expressed his admiration for Uganda and its rich biodiversity, voicing his anticipation to return with his family for a more in-depth exploration of the country, particularly its renowned gorillas. This visit, he noted, underscores the importance of tourism as a vehicle for economic development and cultural exchange.

Furthermore, Prince Edward highlighted the Commonwealth’s initiatives to empower young people through leadership programs, including the Youth Leadership Program established during the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

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As the chair and patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award—a role inherited from his father, Prince Philip, who founded the program in 1956—Prince Edward discussed his mission to promote non-formal education and its potential to help young individuals discover their passions and roles in society.

During a leisurely walk at State House Entebbe, the discussions delved into the impact of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award on youth empowerment.

Mr. Blick William, the chairperson of the award’s Uganda chapter, outlined the organization’s objectives to expand its reach and empower young Ugandans through skill development and community service, with ambitious plans to significantly increase participation in the coming years.

President Museveni warmly embraced the invitation to become the patron of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Uganda, acknowledging the program’s importance in shaping future leaders and innovators. “I am now fully informed and inspired by the program and am honored to accept the role of patron,” he stated.

H.E. Kate Airey reaffirmed the strong bond between the UK and Uganda, emphasizing the importance of continued collaboration to empower the youth and foster sustainable development. Together, Uganda and the UK are poised to embark on a journey of enhanced cooperation, with a focus on leveraging the potential of the youth and the tourism sector for a brighter, shared future.

Museveni in discussion with the Prince at State House Entebbe
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