By Jumah Nsubuga
The chairperson of the foreign affairs committee at parliament,Alex Byarugaba has urged government to open up missions in Latin America citing Brazil and Argentina as strategic countries for that mission.
Speaking to reporters at parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Byarugaba said that South America is strategic because countries there are all emerging economically strong adding that they would improve Uganda’s opportunities to trade.
Hon Byarugaba also stressed that there are many Ugandans in Brazil but they use Tanzania’s mission to solve their problems which is embarrassing for an independent country to use another country’s mission.
He added that Uganda has been missing a lot of business opportunities in many countries due to lack of embassies in those countries and he committed himself that he is going to use his position as the foreign Affairs committee boss to make sure that Uganda gets missions in Latin America effectively next financial year.
On to the same development the state minister of foreign Affairs Okello Oryemu also appealed to the ministry of finance to provide money to construct missions in both Sudan and Somalia.
Oryemu revealed that Uganda’s mission in Sudan is not modern enough to fit a country like Uganda.
“Since UPDF has created peace in Somalia, there should be a mission there to help Ugandans who live in Somalia” Oryemu added