KAMPALA: The Slovenian government has opened a consulate in Uganda in an attempt to strengthen diplomatic and trade relations between the two countries.
The consulate located along Lumumba Avenue in upscale Nakasero was opened on Friday by the State Minister for Trade Michael Werikhe and the Slovenian consular General Meera Vadodaria.
Speaking at the opening of the consulate, Mr Werikhe said Uganda is keen to learn from and cooperate with the Central European nation in the areas of education, trade, pharmaceuticals, and tourism.
“You have come at time Uganda is looking at infrastructure development, and advancement of technology in the country,” he said.
Slovenia first expressed interest to open a diplomatic mission in Uganda in 2002, a request which was accepted in subsequent years and the process has since been in works.
The country is part of the 28 member European Union (EU) trading bloc.
Slovenia is one of the smallest countries in the EU, and has a population of 2 million people. It is a popular tourist destination famous for its snowy mountains, ski resorts and lakes.
The country’s consular general, Ms Meera said the opening of the mission marks “the beginning of the significant diplomatic relation between two countries.”
“Both countries are small relative to their neighbors, but very impactful, thus we are here to celebrate a new and exciting journey that signifies cooperation between Slovenia and Uganda in fields of health, culture and education.” Ms Meera said.
Ms Meera who has been living and working in Uganda for the last 30 years as a healthcare practitioner said the new mission will go a long way in boosting ties between the two states.