Issue 719 - Page 7

Uganda opens e-passport and e-visa centre in Abu Dhabi week
Transporters urged on road carnage
Uganda Baati joins others to fight HIV by 2030
UN envoy applauds UPDF for stabilising Somalia

Uganda opens e-passport and e-visa centre in Abu Dhabi week

The Ugandan Directorate of Immigration and Citizenship Control opened an e-passport and e-visa enrollment centre at the Uganda Embassy in Abu Dhabi .
The centre , according to Immigration , will enrol and issue Ugandans living and working in Abu Dhabi , Sharjah , Ajman , Umm Al-Quwain , Fujairah , Ras Al Khainah , Dubai , Qatar and Bahrain , with the recently introduced East African Community Electronic Passports . “ The centre will also process and issue electronic visas to non-Ugandans wishing to travel to Uganda for various reasons ,” officials said in a statement on Wednesday .
Immigration embarked on the diaspora rollout program beginning of this year starting with London three months ago , Washington DC and now Abu Dhabi .
Statistics have shown that over 60,000 Ugandans live in the UAE and its neighbouring countries and the new centre will be seeking to serve them without necessarily coming back to Uganda .
The rollout exercise , according to officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , will continue with Pretoria in South Africa in June , Copenhagen , Denmark , Beijing , China , and Ottawa in Canada .
Officials in the Foreign Affairs Ministry have now called upon all Ugandans living in the UAE and its neighbours to take advantage of the newly launched centre to apply to renew their passports to avoid any inconveniences related to the recent phase-out of the old machine-readable passports .

Transporters urged on road carnage

GPS Telematics and IOT Association Ltd ( GTIAL ), an association that brings together companies that are in the business of tracking vehicles , motorcycles and water vessels rallied the public and private transporters to embrace technology as a way of curbing road carnage . The remarks followed the current increase in the number of road crashes across the country where several lost their lives , leaving many with injuries
Henry Isaiah Katongole , Chairman of GTIAL said road crashes would be history in Uganda if all transport sector players embrace GPS technology .
“ The association , which is a member of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda , is in the process of engaging all stakeholders including the Uganda Bus Owners Association , the Ministry of Transport and the Uganda Police to embrace GPS technology to reduce road accidents ,” he said .
The association ’ s secretary Timothy Mwandha said the convergence of Information Technology and Telecommunications powered by 4G internet , provides the ability to remotely monitor vehicles on the road .
“ We are saying that for assets including vehicles , trucks , heavy goods vehicles and motorcycles , we can provide technologies to track them , too able to see their locations , to be able to see their activities in terms of their moments and their speed . It is now possible to remotely monitor what is happening on the road in terms of drivers ’ behaviour , in terms of vehicle activity ,” he said
He said these features and functionalities of technology can help Ugandans including drivers to promote safety on the road .
He explained that many companies in Uganda can provide these technologies , adding that it is a shame that people have continued to die on the roads yet there are numerous companies offering technologies that can help improve surveillance of vehicles as a way of reducing road carnage .

Uganda Baati joins others to fight HIV by 2030

Uganda Baati Limited ( UBL ) has joined the rest of the world to emphasize the mission to end HIV as a public health threat by 2030 . The move is part of UBL ’ s giving back to the community . Over the years , UBL has developed a systematic and structured approach to giving back to communities through sustainable CSR interventions .
In partnership with Uganda AIDS Commission , the UBL staff led by the Business Head , George Arodi , joined hands to commemorate the International Candle Light Day by symbolically lighting candles and launched a two-week-long medical camp through its Chandaria Medical Clinic that will offer free medical services to the public , that include HIV testing and counselling , Malaria testing , blood sugar / blood pressure testing , BMI ( all health vital checks ) and distribution of condoms .
George Arodi implored the staff of the company to offer care and be the ambassador in passing the message to end the stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV AIDS . He emphasized the need for enhanced HIV testing and medication for those already affected . With discipline in taking the prescribed medication and proper dieting , those with HIV AIDS are assured of living a normal life , he said .
Through the Uganda Baati-owned Chandaria Medical Clinic , the company commits to continue extending free medical services to those living with AIDS . The Company , through the clinic , will roll out more outreach activities through medical camps countrywide , with emphasis on the needy communities
To extend medical services to a wider population , Uganda Baati is opening up another medical clinic in Tororo . This additional presence in Tororo is expected to expand our base by over 60 % from the current levels .

UN envoy applauds UPDF for stabilising Somalia

The UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa , Hannah Tetteh thanked the Uganda People ’ s Defence Forces ( UPDF ) for its role in bringing peace and stability to Somalia since 2007 .
Tetteh remarked on Tuesday during a meeting with the Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs , Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja at the ministry ’ s headquarters .
In her remarks , she reiterated the importance of cohesion among major partners together with the Federal Government of Somalia ( FGS ) to enable the smooth transfer of security responsibilities from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia ( ATMIS ) to the Somali National Security Forces ( SNSF ) by December 31 , 2024 , when ATMIS is expected to fully exit Somalia .
“ There is a need for concerted and coordinated efforts from all the partners to enable Somalia to achieve its National Transition Plan ,” Tetteh remarked . On his part , Minister Ssempijja underscored Uganda ’ s unwavering commitment to supporting Somali- led peace and security processes to achieve long term peace and development in Somalia .
“ We do this in the spirit of Pan-Africanism . Not only for Africa but for everybody to be safe , Somalia needs to be peaceful and stable .” Ssempijja observed .
Both parties agreed on the need to continue strengthening the discussions and areas of cooperation on regional security to achieve their shared vision of a peaceful and stable Horn of Africa .
The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Rosette Byengoma , the Joint Chief of Staff Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda and the Defence Spokesperson Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye .
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