HE. Prof. J.K. Kitafunda, Uganda’s High Commissioner to the UK presented her credentials to the Queen
HE. Prof. Joyce Kakuramatsi Kitafunda, The High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda finally presented her credentials to HRM Queen Elizabeth II. Following the presentation, she hosted invited guests to a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency, The Churchill London. Among the invited guests was Lord Sheikh (House of Lords), HE Mr Bernard Sande (Malawi High Commissioner), Berhanu Kebede (Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Kingdom), Mr Roy Warren Blackbeard (Botswana High Commissioner), Abdullahi H A El Azreg (Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan), HE Mr Sabit Abbe Alley (South Sudan), Embassy staff, Willy Mutenza (MM2 Capital) and many VIPs from various institutions.
In her remarks, HE Prof. Kikafunda said that this is a special day for Uganda when her head of mission presents her credentials to HRM Queen Elizabeth II and indeed a special day for her and her family.
HE Prof. Kikafunda used the moment to outline some of her plans during her tenure as the High Commissioner in the UK. She is tasked to promote commercial diplomacy, trade and investment and tourism. Uganda was ranked by Lonely Planet as the world’s most preferred tourism destination for the year 2012. CNNGo, in its annual listing, rated Chobe Safari Lodge in a very respectable 5th position as one of the 10 Spas with the most amazing views in the world.
She singled out Uganda tourism which has achieved numerous accolades and she pledged to encourage UK residents to visit Uganda in their lifetime to explore the beauty that amazed Sir Winston Churchill when he named Uganda the Pearl of Africa.
She thanked those who are working hard in promoting Uganda and helping her achieve the Vision2040 goals. The Vision2040 aims to,” Transform Ugandan Society from a Peasant to a Modern and Prosperous Country within 30 years”. Uganda Vision 2040 builds on the progress that has been made in addressing the strategic bottlenecks that have constrained her socio-economic development since independence, including; ideological disorientation, weak private sector, underdeveloped human resources, inadequate infrastructure, small market, lack of industrialization, underdeveloped services sector, under-development of agriculture, and poor democracy, among others.
She finally proposed a toast to HRM Queen Elizabeth II and HE YK Museveni and she then treated her guests to a three course luncheon.
Congratulations to Her Excellency Prof. Joyce Kikafunda!