The Ambassador of France is the representative of French government in Uganda.
Under the authority of the Ambassador, the diplomatic chancery is responsible for:
* Monitoring and analyzing the domestic and foreign policies of Uganda records to inform the French authorities;
* Contributing to the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, including participation in the organization of official visits;
* Informing, explaining and promoting the positions of France to the Ugandan authorities.
To carry out these missions, the chancery officials sustain relationships and contacts with all society stakeholdders such as politicians, officials, the media, religious leaders and academics.
The political chancery also works in partnerships with the other departments of the Embassy ( consular services, , economic closely with all services of the Embassy (consular, economic, cultural, military, police, etc.) that it coordinates.
The consular services of the French Embassy are responsible for the provision of public and administrative services to the French community established in Uganda. Both French and local agents work together for the consular services.
The consular services notably take charge of :
- the registration of French citizens established in Uganda ;
- notarial services (birth certificate, weddings contract, ...)
- visa delivery
- the organization of voting for French people abroad
- allocation of scholarships to French students enrolled at the Ecole Française des Grands Lacs in Kampala
The Cooperation and Culture Service designs and implements with partners programs to support civil society, to promote French language and French-speaking cultures, scientific and academic cooperation. The Service also monitors humanitarian issues and provides support to mobilize the programmed food aid. These actions contribute to reinforcing partnerships between France and Uganda.
The Cooperation and Culture service works closely with the Alliance Francaise of Kampala for cultural activities.
The defense attaché is the military advisor of the French Ambassador in Uganda.
French military partnership with Uganda comprises three components :
- the operational cooperation: the French army provide assistance to train the UPDF for the AMISOM. This program dubbed UGABAG started in 2006.
- training Ugandan officers in France or in other military schools in Africa or the regionla: Every year, several students get selected to pursue studies in a military college in Africa or in France.
- teaching French language to military staff: Since 2003, the French military mission organizes language classes for the Ugandan officers willing to learn French as a tool for military parnership with other francophone countries.
- giving security updates and analysis to companies willing to settle abroad
- liaising companies with Ugandan authorities
- Defense attaché for Uganda and South Sudan
- giving security updates to NGOs, travellers, ...
For further information, please visit the official website of the French Ministry of Defense.
The Economic Mission is the local representative of the international network of the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade also known as "Bercy, the Directorate General of Treasury".
It aims to foster the international development of French companies and strenghten French economic interests abroad. It also provides information about French trade and investment regulations and environment to foreign companies willing to invest in France. Besides, the Economic Mission offers assistance to French companies experiencing problems in a foreign country (litigation, market access ...).
The Economic Mission in Uganda represents both the economic and financial public institutions of the French governement in Uganda and South Sudan. The Kampala office works in close partnership with the Economic Mission of Nairobi.
The Economic Mission is responsible for :
- monitoring and analysing the economic and financial situation, based on macroeonomic and sectorial indicators;
- following up closely the evoluation of economic bilateral relations, including trade, investment, industrial and technologic partnerships;
- advising and supporting companies willing to export/expand to Uganda; attracting foreign investments to France;
- contributing through its market analysis to the policy-making of the Ministry of Economy, Finances and Foreign Trade;
- supporting French SMEs established in Uganda, with the help of the Economic Mission of Nairobi.
For further information, please visit :
The Press and Communication Department of the French Embassy is responsible for liasing with media houses. The Press and Communication Attaché cariies out daily review of the local press, organizes press conferences, invites the media to events, sends out press releases and manages the Embassy’s website and social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
Contacting the Press and Communication Department
M. Alfred ONEK
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Embassy of France to Uganda
16, Lumumba Avenue
P.O. Box 7212
Tel : +256 414 304 514