Australian Consulate opens for business in Kampala
Australia’s already strong relationship with Uganda will be boosted with the official opening of the Australian Consulate in Kampala on 17 August 2011. Prominent Ugandan businessman, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uganda Investment Authority, Mr Patrick Bitature, has been named as Australia’s first Honorary Consul, resident in Kampala, with jurisdiction throughout Uganda.
According to the Australian High Commissioner to Uganda, Geoff Tooth, the opening of the Consulate reflects Australia’s commitment to enhancing its engagement with Uganda, as well as the dynamism of the local Australian community.
“We have seen a real strengthening of ties between our two countries in recent years, both at the political level and through increased people to people links” Mr Tooth said.
Mr. Patrick Bitature, Chairman, BOD, Uganda Investment Authority and new Australian Honorary Consul to the Republic of Uganda.
“I am sure that Mr Bitature and the Consulate will add even greater depth and understanding to the relationship” he said.
The number of Australian companies interested in doing business in Uganda is continuing to grow, particularly in the mining sector, as are the number of Australian tourists. Australian investors are being drawn to the opportunities in Uganda. A large part of Mr Bitature’s role would be to provide consular assistance to the diverse Australian community and to promote Australia’s political and commercial interests in Uganda.
Australia continues to play a role in helping to address human resource development needs in Uganda through its Australia Awards Scholarships program. In 2011, 28 Ugandans will study in Australia under this program, up from 16 in 2010. The program is specifically designed to ensure that Uganda is well placed to be able to take full and sustainable advantage of its significant natural resources.
Mr Tooth said Australia appreciates, and strongly supports, Uganda’s commitment to peace and security in the region, particularly its ongoing contribution to the African Union Mission in Somalia.
The Consulate will be open from Monday to Friday from 0900 to 1700. The contact details are:
Plot 15 Akii Bua Road, Nakasero (opposite Nakasero Hospital)
Ph: (256 31) 2515 865
Fax: (256 41) 344 149
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Australian High Commission in Nairobi on +254 20 4277 100 or from the website of the Australian High Commission in Nairobi at http://www.kenya.embassy.gov.au/nair/home.html