President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda has arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on a working visit. His visit comes in response to an invitation from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Abu Dhabi.
Upon his arrival at the airport, President Museveni was warmly received by Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE.
The primary purpose of this visit is to hold bilateral talks between the two leaders, which are scheduled for today, Monday. This marks an important diplomatic engagement that aims to strengthen the relations between Uganda and the UAE and explore various areas of cooperation.
One of the key points emphasized by the Ugandan President was the need to explore the UAE market for specific products.
He highlighted the potential for Ugandan exports, especially in sectors such as agriculture and agribusiness.
For instance, sim sim, with a market size of $839 million in the UAE, has untapped potential, as Uganda’s exports to the UAE are currently negligible. Similarly, dairy milk, with a market size of $2.846 billion, presents an opportunity for significant growth, as Uganda’s exports to the UAE currently stand at only $374 million. Bananas, with a market size of US$664 million, have never been attempted by Uganda as an export product.
During his previous visit, President Museveni urged Ugandan entrepreneurs to explore new markets, emphasizing the proximity of the UAE, which is only a five-hour flight away.
He encouraged Ugandan producers to consider products such as mangoes, pineapples, mung beans, cocoa, tilapia, tea, coffee, and vegetables, among others, for export to the UAE.
As the bilateral talks unfold, the focus will be on creating opportunities for Ugandan businesses and promoting economic growth through expanded trade relations with the United Arab Emirates.