Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has commended the leadership of the Uganda Council on Foreign Relations for creating a body that will promote foreign policy, foreign relations, dialogue and research.

The Prime Minister made these remarks during a fundraising dinner in support of the Uganda Council on Foreign Relations Initiative which was held at Sheraton hotel, Kampala on Friday.

PM Rugunda hands over a painting to the highest biddder during the UCFR fundraising dinner at Sheraton Hotel on Friday (Photo by PMPU)

The Uganda Council on Foreign Policy aims at providing a non-partisan membership centre for networking and policy advocacy, knowledge developments through discussions, research and publications focused on Uganda foreign policy issues.

The Prime Minister said the Uganda Council on foreign Relations creates a platform for engaging different stakeholders with expertise to dialogue on foreign policy issues.

He said the council’s membership of people who come from different disciplines and backgrounds will also enable the country to gain and solicit for massive foreign relations support in different ways.

“This council brings together people who have knowledge and expertise that is resourceful and beneficial to the country in different ways, “the Premier said.

Dr Rugunda also commended the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Sam Kuteesa for taking on the mantle of sharing the idea of creating a council with members as well as those who embraced his vision.

He pledged government’s support towards the work of the council and appealed to the people to join in the support of this cause.

PM Rugunda receives a painting he bought from Ivan Koreta the Vice chairperson of the council at the UCFR fundraising dinner on Friday at Sheraton hotel(Photo by PMPU)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Sam Kuteesa, who is also the patron of Uganda Council on Foreign Relations said the council will offer an institutional frame work for conducting foreign policy relations and work.

He noted that the work of the council is quite challenging, and therefore requested for support to enable it achieve its missions through knowledge development, discussions and research.

The Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Council on Foreign Relations, Ambassador Francis Katana, said the council acts as a vehicle to engage government and other stakeholders on issues of foreign policy.

He said the council also enables undertaking of research to enhance formulation of foreign policy from an informed point of view and source.

The Prime Minister Dr Rugunda and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa each contributed 10 million Uganda shillings towards this drive, and over One hundred million Shillings was collected.

The council which was launched in July 2016, offers four categories of membership which include, Individual membership, associate membership, Corporate or Organizational membership and student membership.

The function was attended by a number of dignitaries including diplomats.