UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin has arrived in the country on a two day state visit. This is Baldwin’s first visit to Uganda since her appointment.
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, Baldwin took to social media to describe Uganda as the Pearl of Africa.
“Just arrived #Kampala on first visit to #Uganda as @foreignoffice @DFID_UK Minister for Africa. Looking forward to a packed programme in the #PearlofAfrica,” Baldwin posted on Twitter.
Baldwin announced up to £210m over 5 years of new UKAid to help Uganda’s humanitarian response in hosting refugees from the crisis in South Sudan & DRC.
A statement by the British High Commission indicated that Baldwin was in the country to better understand the challenges and opportunities it faces.
“I am delighted to be in Uganda, and for the opportunity to meet President Museveni. The UK and Uganda have historic ties and are united as members of the Commonwealth family. As Minister for Africa, I look forward to strengthening this relationship further,” Baldwin said on arrival.
“Over the next two days I’m eager to hear more about how the UK and Uganda can collaborate on challenges such as economic development and regional security, and I look forward to welcoming President Museveni to London next week for the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference which will bring together global leaders to end wildlife crime,” she added.