Colombo, 3 July 2023 (TDI): The Government of the Republic of Uganda, in agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka, has appointed Joyce Kikafunda as High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda to Sri Lanka based in New Delhi.

Following this development, High Commissioner Joyce Kikafunda presented her credentials to the President of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on June 30, 2023.

The credentials were presented at the President’s House, Kandy, at 10:00 am. In this regard, the President acknowledged the High Commissioner into office.

Sequel to the appointment of the High Commissioner of Uganda to Sri Lanka in New Delhi, the Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry held official diplomatic discussions with the High Commissioner.

Matters of bilateral importance, economic partnership, and cooperation were all captured in the discussions between the two sides.

The goal of the meeting is centered on strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, Uganda and Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations in 1972.

Similarly, the two countries discussed MoU to combat transnational crime as well as developing police cooperation in 2018.

In 2012, the MoU on the Establishment of the Sri Lanka-Uganda Friendship Vocational and Technical Training Centre (SLUF-VTTC) in Uganda and the Economic Agreement, was signed by both sides.

Including MoU on Commercial and Technical Cooperation, Tourism Cooperation, MoU on Bilateral Political Consultations, and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Culture.

In a similar vein, the domestic business community of the two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

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Particularly, the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on the one hand, and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), on the other hand, signed the MoU in 2012.

From the foregoing, Sri Lanka and Uganda have maintained long-standing diplomatic relations, and both anticipate a profitable and symbiotic relationship.