Bastille Day : A festive reception at the French residence [fr]
Government officials, MPs, the diplomatic corps, the civil society and French expatriates in Uganda responded in big number to the invitation of Her Excellency the Ambassador of France to Uganda and her husband Huddy Makame to a Bastille Day’s reception organized at the French residence. The Ugandan government was represented by Hon. James Baba, State Minister for Internal Affairs. Hon. Fred Omach, State Sinister for Finance, was also present.
An evening under the theme of environment
France being the host country of the COP21, the global conference on climate change which will take place in Paris from November 30th to December 11th 2015, H.E. Sophie Makame highlighted the action of France in Uganda in this regard. She mentioned the technical support to Uganda in the framework of the elaboration of its national contribution to the COP21, as well as the strong commitment of the French Development Agency (AFD), in particular in the development of infrastructures promoting a “green” economic model, be it electricity generation, water management or biodiversity preservation, totaling up to 270 million euros since 2010. The Social Development Fund, a tool of the French Foreign Ministry which supports community-based development initiatives, is currently implementing four environmental projects in Uganda.
On his part, Hon. James Baba, conveying the congratulations and best wishes of the government and people of Uganda, thanked France for its decision to host the COP21 and for the support extended to Uganda in the preparation of its national contribution.
Hailing the commitment of France in favor of the environment preservation, at both national and international level, Mr. Baba expressed his satisfaction with the warm bilateral relations, charaterised by regular consultations and high level visits, and diversified partnerships: peace and security, education and culture, water and sanitation, investments …
Finally, he reaffirmed the determination of his government to guarantee a conducive environment for the strengthening the presence of French companies in Uganda, adding that the door was wide opened to foreign investors.
A documentary, “The ice and the sky”, directed by Luc Jacquet, was screened as a preview to illustrate the theme of climate change. This movie retraces the scientific journey of Claude Lorius, glaciologist, being the first to warn, forty years ago, about the irreversible effects of climate change, a consequence of human activity. The pictures of the exhibition “60 solutions against climate change”, which we owe to the talent of the photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand and which were inaugurated at Parliament last month, were also screened, as well as the official video of the COP21.
It was around a sumptuous buffet that the French community in Uganda gathered to share Champaign, cheese and petit four with Ugandan partners and extend the party till late in the evening.