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Joint EU-IGAD Press Release

IGAD Ministers and HRVP met on 22 January 2019 on the margins of the AU-EU Ministerial in Brussels. 
During the meeting, the two sides strongly condemn the dreadful terrorist attack in Nairobi Kenya. The EU welcomed the historic developments in the Horn of Africa with the normalisation of relations between Eritrea, and Ethiopia; the tripartite agreement between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia as well as the engagement of Eritrea and Djibouti and Eritrea and Sudan towards normalisation of relations. Together, these provide major new openings for regional cooperation and economic integration. The EU expressed its readiness to accompany this process in close coordination with other actors. 

The EU also reiterated its commitment to the region as a whole and underlined its support to the IGAD cooperation framework while encouraging swift decisions on IGAD institutional arrangements. Both sides stressed their desire to consolidate regular dialogue between the EU and IGAD countries and focused their exchanges on peace and security, red sea and mutually beneficial economic cooperation. IGAD Ministers on their part expressed their appreciation for EU continued and constructive role in the region, welcome the initiative for such high level engagement and encouraged future engagements on deliverables in the region priority agenda such as job creation.  
The EU and IGAD countries expressed support for the reform agenda of the Federal Government of Somalia and underlined the need for concrete implementation of the political, security and economic reforms critical for Somalia stability. In this context, it is essential that the Federal Government and the Federal Member States overcome differences and collaborate in a close and coordinated manner. The EU also reiterated its commitment to support Somalia Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF) and to support AMISOM in line with AMISOM's mandate [UNSCR 2432 (2018)] and the internationally agreed Somalia Transition Plan. 
The two parties also reiterated their support for the peace process in South Sudan and the R-ARCSS. They underlined the importance of its implementation in full and as per the agreed time frame. IGAD invites the EU to consider further support to the South Sudan Pre-transition activities, beyond current EU support to the mechanisms of monitoring and implementation. 
The EU and IGAD countries agreed to use all opportunities to promote and strengthen inclusive regional and cross-regional cooperation and dialogue between all relevant stakeholders across the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, such as trade, migration, climate change, food security, peace and security as well as maritime security. In this connection, they agreed to promote regional cooperation, training and capacity building, port security, coastal development as well as blue economy

Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga at The Hague

 Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga  attended the Commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court 16th - 17th July 2018 in The Hague.

Ambassador Mirjam Blaak, meets with the Ugandan farmers visiting the Netherlands.

11 Best Framers from Uganda have been invited for a week long tour to the Netherlands. The Best Framers competition is sponsored by the Dutch Embassy in Kampala, the DFCU Bank in Uganda, the New Vision newspaper and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.


Signing ceremony 25th April 2019 for the renovations of the Chancery building in Brussels between Embassy of Uganda,  Amb Denis A. manana (accounting Officer) on left shaking hands with madame Claudia De cesco the CEO of Socatra in Belgium who are the contractors. It will take about two years before the renovations will have been completed- starting lst June 2019. Others in the picture are Amb. Mirjam Blaak Head of Mission Brussels, Mr. Stephen Kyaterekera - Under Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Christopher Gashirabake - Deputy Solicitor General Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Arch. Muhanguzi Geofrey Principal Architecture Ministry of works and Transport, Mr. Boaz Nimbaasa - Ag. Head Property Management Team, Mr. Tom Hernalsteen - The Embassy Consultant for the Renovation, Mr. Patrick Vollen - SOCATRA representative and Mr. Tarsis Turyasingura - Second Secretary Uganda Embassy.

Business woman of the Year 2019 the Netherlands

Mrs. Jet Creemers the former Business Woman of the year and Amb. Blaak during the Veuve Clicquot award in Amsterdam the Netherlands.  This year the award went to Mrs Mireille Kaptein of the company in packaging materials mostly butter and cheese with 190 employees

Hon. Kahinda Otafiire visit to Brussels attending the 7th Congress against death penalty 28TH February 2019

Hon Kahinda Otafiire, The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs paid a courtessy visit to Uganda Embassy Brussels during the 7th Congress against death penalty 28TH February 2019 Brussels. The staff had a positive interaction with the Hon. Minister at the Embassy Boardroom.

New Years reception hosted by HM the King of The Netherlands

Today 16th January 2018 at the royal palace on the Dam square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the picture is Amb. Mirjam Blaak with Ambassadors of Korea and Indonesia at the New Years reception of HM the King and Queen of the Netherlands