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Benin and Uganda Agree on Dynamic Relations

Monday, 9th July 2018
There is urgent need to make the existing cordial bilateral relations between the Republics of Benin and Uganda more dynamic so as to benefit the people of the two friendly countries.

President Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon, of the Republic of Benin emphasized this while receiving letters of credence accrediting Amb. Nelson Ocheger as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uganda to Benin, with residence in Abuja, Nigeria. The ceremony took place on July 5, 2018 at the Presidential Palace in Cotonou, Benin.

He added that the peoples of both countries know little about one another yet they share a lot in common in terms of interests and aspirations. He called for more engagement between the government of Benin and that of Uganda so that both countries can mutually benefit.

 In his response, Amb. Nelson Ocheger assured his host of his commitment to scale up cooperation between Uganda and Benin particularly in the areas of education, agriculture and tourism. He pointed out that by cooperating in education, avenues will be opened through which the people of both countries can get to know and appreciate one another.

He underscored the need for the two countries to share experiences in the development, promotion and marketing of their respective tourism potentials. He added that the government of Benin should encourage its citizens to visit Uganda and vice versa instead of the two peoples travelling to Europe or other continents for leisure.

He observed that because both countries are endowed with good climate suitable for agriculture, it is imperative that the two sister countries share ideas and information in order to modernise agricultural production.

Amb. Nelson Ocheger applauded President Talon and his government for allowing all Africans to get entry visas on arrival to Benin. He undertook to engage relevant stakeholders in Uganda so that this gesture is reciprocated.

The ceremony was attended by, among others, Hon. Aurelien Agbinonci, Benin's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ms. Joyce Najjuma of Uganda High Commission, Abuja.