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PRESIDENT MUSEVENI RECEIVES CREDENTIALS OF NEW GERMANY ENVOY TO UGANDA

Thursday, 21st December 2017
H.E. President Yoweri Museveni receives Dr. Albrecht Conze, the new Germany Ambassador to Uganda at a ceremony that took place at State House, Entebbe.
Dr. Albrecht Conze, the new Germany Ambassador to Uganda has presented his credentials to H.E. President Yoweri Museveni at a ceremony that took place on 7th November 2017 at State House, Entebbe. State Minister for Regional Affairs, Hon. Philemon Mateke and Foreign Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Patrick Mugoya witnessed the ceremony.

President Museveni welcomed Dr. Conze to Uganda and said he looked forward to increased relations between Uganda and Germany. He called for more German investors into the country as well as increased support to the security situation in Somalia. He said that Uganda is willing to help but is constrained by financial resources. "Somalia is semi attended to by both the outside and inside forces," he said.

Dr. Conze, on his part, commended Uganda's work to restore peace in Somalia and the efforts to unite the various factions in South Sudan. He reassured President Museveni that German entrepreneurs were ready to invest in Uganda if laws are put in place to protect them. The envoy said that many investors were scared of squatters that want huge amounts of money for compensation of their land that investors buy from them.

President Museveni advised investors to work with the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) as they take up investment ventures in the country. He added that the Government of Uganda could provide land to investors. "I recently commissioned the Pearl of Africa Hotel. The land where this hotel is found used to belong to government," he said.

Dr. Conze, who holds a doctorate in International Law from Freiburg University, has previously served as Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Benin, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. He spent the academic year 2011/2012 on a sabbatical at Harvard as a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, researching and writing about parameters for Africa's political emancipation beyond aid and dependency. From June 2014 to July 2017, Dr. Conze was the first head of the European Union civilian stabilization mission EUCAP Sahel Mali, based in Bamako. He is married to Veronique Le Lay, a French scriptwriter and has two children.

Source: Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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