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Monday, 24th June 2019
Amb. Nelson Ocheger has called on the Republics of Uganda and Sierra Leone to take advantage of their cordial relations to scale up cooperation in all areas of mutual interest for the benefit of both countries.
He stated this while presenting to President Julius Maada Bio, letters of credence accrediting him as High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda to the Republic of Sierra Leone, with residence in Abuja, Nigeria. The ceremony took place on June 20th, 2019 at the Presidential Palace in Freetown.

Amb. Nelson Ocheger pointed out that there is great potential for cooperation between the two countries in the areas of mining, commercial agriculture, health, tourism, education, security and infrastructural development. Uganda, for example, assisted Sierra Leone to contain the Ebola outbreak of 2013/2014.

He said that the ratification of the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area, has provided Uganda and Sierra Leone with the impetus to invest in air, rail, road and water transport to facilitate the movement of goods and services across Africa.

He added that both countries can also exploit the opportunity provided by the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which was launched by the African Union to promote trade and cross border investments across Africa.

Welcoming Uganda's new envoy to Sierra Leone, President Julius Maada Bio observed that Uganda has, over the last thirty years, made tremendous progress in economic and infrastructural development. Sierra Leone, he said, was willing to learn from Uganda's experience.