Denmark has committed 945 million DKK in support of Uganda’s National Development Plan

The Danish Ambassador to Uganda and Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Hon. Kasaija, entered into a new five-year partnership for 2018-2022. Denmark has committed 945 million DKK in support of Uganda’s National Development Plan to the benefit of the Ugandan people.

The partnership has three objectives: 1) Contribute to poverty reduction through inclusive and sustainable economic development; 2) Promote democracy, good governance and human rights and 3) Support Uganda’s stabilizing role in the region. Support will be provided through eight engagement partners, namely Inspectorate of Government, Financial Management and Accountability Programme, Agricultural Business Initiative, TradeMark East Africa, Northern Uganda Resilience Initiative, Democratic Governance Facility – DGF, UNFPA Uganda and Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI).

Danish company fueling a cleaner future in Uganda

 

C F Nielsen looking to turn everyday food waste into a usable and more sustainable energy source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C F Nielsen, a small company from north Jutland, is developing a machine that can turn everyday food waste into a usable and more sustainable form of fuel that can be used for cooking.

The plan is to try it out next year in Kampala, Uganda, which – like many other developing nations – is heavily reliant on wood and coal as energy sources, much to the detriment of the surrounding environment and forest ecosystems.

“We need to stop the deforestation,” Mogens Slot Knudsen, the head of C F Nielsen, told DR Nyheder.

“What we do here is use waste products from agriculture or other areas, so people don’t need to chop down trees and forests.”

Waste to fuel
Through the process of ‘briquetting’ – a process in which raw materials are compressed under high pressure to form a round or square briquette – the company produces small blocks of material that can be used for heating purposes.

Anything from corn stalks, both peanut shells and sugar cane refuse can be transformed into an alternative for other unsustainable fuel sources.

The new briquette machine has been helped along via the support of Access 2 innovation, a collection of civil organisations, companies, research centers and authorities dedicated to generating sustainable projects and solutions abroad.

Business Delegation from Nordic Countries

Business delegation taking part in the cultural dance at carnival

Business delegation from Denmark, Iceland and Sweden were in Uganda since 19th of November to 28 Nov 2017 exploring business opportunities in areas of; Agribusiness, IT, renewable energy, Infrastructure and hospitality.  The projects in which they have shown interest include but not limited to: – Jinja/Kampala express way, BRT in Kampala, Solar power generation for off grids to rural communities of at least 10mws, waste to energy production, sustainable accommodation in some of the National parks etc.

The delegation paid a courtesy call on the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, had a meeting with Executive Director Professor Kwesiga Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Uganda Manufactures Association officials, Ministry of Energy Officials, Local businessmen in their line of interest, Uganda Investment Authority to mention but a few and paid a courtesy call on H.E the President. The delegation toured the Murchison Falls National Park. They were introduced to the best Cultural Experience around Kampala at the Capitol Palace Hotel and the Carnivore Restaurant.


Group Photo with Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development

Executive Director  Uganda Industrial Research Institute Professor Charles Kwesiga (fourth from right) with H.E Kibedi Zaake and the Delegation from the Nordics.

 

They were introduced to the best cultural experience around Kampala at the carnivore Restaurant

 

Some members of the business delegation telling stories around the fire place at Twiga Lodge in Murchision Falls National Park.

African Business Summit 2017

Uganda Embassy in Nordic countries in conjunction with other African Embassies in Denmark called upon the key strategic Denmark business partners from Nordic Countries to invest in Africa especially in Uganda the Pearl of Africa. The summit held on 5th/09/2017 at Imperial Hotel Copenhagen, the Forum key speakers were led by Hon. Kasaija Matia Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development from Uganda, Denmark Minister of Foreign Affairs, Head of Mission Ambassador Zaake W. Kibedi and other Guests.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Hon. Kasaija Matia Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development with a Danish Investor on round table discussion, on right is State Minister for Energy Hon. Simon D’Ujanga

 

 

According to the Executive Director, Uganda Investment Authority said that Uganda Government provides incentive to the investor willing to put up firm such as free Tax holidays, free Land to setup the firm and more service as may be needed by the investor.

AFRICAN BUSINESS FORUM 5TH – 7TH SEPTEMBER 2017

AFRICAN BUSINESS FORUM 5TH – 7TH   SEPTEMBER 2017

The African Diplomatic Group in Denmark in collaboration with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), the Association of Ship Owners, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Nordekkon and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be hosting the Africa Business Forum from 5th – 7th September 2017 in Copenhagen.

The overarching objective of the forum is to attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Africa.

The underlying objectives include;

  • Dissemination of information about business opportunities in Africa, the challenges of doing business in Africa and what the respective Governments are doing to address them.
  • Provision of a match making platform between Nordic and African business. This matchmaking ultimately culminates into business partnerships.
  • Provision of a feedback channel for companies already doing business in Africa. The African Technocrats and bureaucrats hear first-hand from the  investors what challenges they face doing business in Africa such that the challenges  are addresses with the aim of creating a conducive environment for investment in African Countries.

Uganda named best investment country in Nordics

Hon Eng. Irene Muloni (Third from Left) holds Uganda’s award. Second from right is Uganda’s ambassador to Denmark, H.E Kibedi Zaake.

Uganda has been voted best investment country at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF), an energy conference in Denmark, Copenhagen.

AEF is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors.  The event attracted over 2000 participants from global energy players.

Uganda’s Minister for energy and Mineral Development, Irene Muloni,  made a presentation that led to Uganda to be voted the best investment country, beating competitors; South Africa, Mozambique, Morocco, Sierra Leone and Zambia among others.

Hon Eng. Irene Muloni’s presentation was based on the role of the energy sector in facilitating for enhanced growth of the economy and available opportunities for investment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hon Eng. Irene Muloni and Uganda’s ambassador Kibedi Zaake (left) in one of the meetings with energy players in Nordics.

“Uganda is focused on becoming a middle class country by 2020, this can only be fast tracked by availability of reliable and enough energy to boost all sectors and stimulating growth of industries hence job creation. By end of 2018 Uganda would have doubled her energy quantities and increased access by the population,” she said.

She further informed that tools have been put in place for feed in tariffs and provision of predictable investment environment and also outlined the investment opportunities in oil and gas that include up streams, midstream and crude oil export.

The Minister assured the participants, of double digit returns on their investment.  She concluded by inviting serious investors to consider Uganda as the country is ready for business. She informed of the one stop Center at Uganda Investment authority that facilitates investors to get all the necessary documentation for business establishment in one place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uganda was voted ahead of other countries.She then took time off to market the countries other tourism potential areas. “We (Uganda) have  a strong natural resources base, peace and stable, liberalized economy, good investment policies and laws, conducive investment climate, abundant renewable energy sources, Besides being a home of great wonders like source of river Nile, Equator crossing and mountain Gorillas, Uganda has the friendliest people in the world,” she said.

 

 

 

 

Hungarian president offered 20 scholarships

Ambassador Zaake Kibedi paid a courtesy call to the Hungarian Ambassador in appreciation of the constructive discussion the Hungarian President had with the Ugandan Ambassador Accredited to Hungary when he presented credentials last week. In the discussion with Ambassador Tibaleka, The Hungarian president offered 20 scholarships to Ugandan students and pledged a grant of 20 million Euros towards projects identified by Uganda Government.

 

Afrigo Band Performing Live in Copenhagen

Afrigo Band Performing Live in Copenhagen at the 55th Uganda Independence Day Celebrations .The event is independence celebrations through a Culture and Tourism evening slated for 14th October 2017. The activities will include cultural and tourism exhibitions during day. In the evening there will be Traditional Ugandan cuisine, fashion show, music, dance and drama. The cuisine chefs will be led by Sylvester Bbaale of the famous Uganda Street food in Denmark and music and dance will be steered by Afrigo band. Venue will be at Shiny Star, Gammel Køge Landevej 117, 2500 København On October 14th 2017 14:00hours up to October 15th 2017 05:00hours                              

 

Danish Translation                                                                                                    Afrigo Band Performing Live i København på den 55. Uganda Independence Day Celebrations .Hændelsen er uafhængigheds fejringer gennem en kultur og turisme aften slated for 14 oktober 2017. Aktiviteterne vil omfatte kulturelle og turisme udstillinger i løbet af dagen. Om aftenen vil der være traditionelt ugandisk køkken, fashion show, musik, dans og drama. Køkken kokke vil blive ledet af Sylvester Bbaale af den berømte Uganda Street Food i Danmark, og musik og dans vil blive styret af Afrigo band. Stedet ligger hos Shiny Star, Gammel Køge Landevej 117, 2500 København 14. oktober 2017 kl. 14.00 til 15. oktober 2017 kl. 05.00

Dean of African Diplomats in Denmark

In the statement made by the Ambassador Zaake Kibedi in capacity as Dean of the African Diplomats in Denmark with the Danish Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation, Ms. Karen Elle Manner who was the Guest of Honour at the African Day Celebrations focused on the following: AU heads of state resolution to develop a shared understanding of the African Demographic agenda, and engaging other key decision makers in the implementation of a road map with key deliverables and milestones which is aimed to guide member states and regional economic committees on concrete actions to be undertaken in 2017 and beyond and to commit to investing in a better future for the young people. He also talked about AU´S ITEMS ON THE AGENDA of; peace and security on the continent, infrastructural links and pools to boost dependable inter-connectivity for intra Africa trade and investments, Africa’s agenda 2063 and the current 10 years development programme, and the great strides of democracy achievement as ground rules continue to improve.

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Kibedi Zaake in the middle next on his left is  Ms. Karen Elle Manner Danish Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation with other Heads of African Mission in Denmark

 

 

Ambassador Kibedi Zaake with  Ms. Karen Elle Manner on his left.