Hon Dr Philimon Mateke, opening the Consulate. In the far left is the Consul General, Amb. Katureebe Tayebwa.
In fulfilling it's mandate to facilitate and promote Trade, Investment, Tourism and providing Consular Services, Uganda Consulate in Mombasa was officially launched on 15th October 2016.
The Consulate was officially launched by Hon. Philemon Mateke, Minister of State for Regional Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In attendance was Uganda High Commissioner to Kenya, Amb. Angelina Wapakhabulo, Ugandan Community in Mombasa and a wide spectrum of invited guests.
Opening a Consulate in Mombasa was a very strategic move by the Government to ensure smooth flow of Exports/Imports since over 78% of Uganda's imports go through the Port of Mombasa. Besides, all the transit cargo that goes to South Sudan, DRC, Rwanda and Burundi pass through Uganda making it a second transit Country after Kenya.
In two years of it's existence, the Consulate was able to reduce pressure on the main Mission in Nairobi from where it was very difficult to handle Trade related cases.
The Consulate addresses day to day concerns of the business community (importers, exporters, and Clearing Agents) from Uganda in real time. This has been an important bridge in the process of easing and reducing the cost of doing business along the Northern Corridor.