Uganda’s Consular Corps has hosted High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Heads of International Organisations to a special cocktail soirée at the Mythos Greek Taverna in Kampala.
The occasion was graced by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, His Excellency Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Geoffrey L. Okanga, High Commissioner of Kenya, and His Excellency Ambassador Charles Ssentongo, Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who both paid tribute to the efforts that the Consular Corps were making towards further bridging and strengthening ties with not only within the Diplomatic community of Uganda, but with the nations that the members of the Corps represent.
Speaking on behalf of the Corps, Mr. Hrishikesa Madhvani, the Honorary Consul of Lithuania, welcomed those present and explained a little about the role that Honorary Consuls have in Uganda: “Honorary Consuls are appointed to represent various countries to Uganda, but also have their own careers and have established very successful businesses here within Uganda. What brings us together is our mutual passion for not only sharing the world with Uganda, but also sharing this beautiful country with the rest of the world. This special dual role we have,” Madhvani said, “provides a unique opportunity to further enhance economic and cultural ties between Uganda and the rest of the world, and needs to be taken advantage of more.” Madhvani also noted that the Consular Corps, in 2017, became accredited with the global organisation for Honorary Consuls: FICAC.
“Honorary Consuls have also settled in Uganda with incredible stories behind them,” remarked Mrs. Romina Koehler, Honorary Consul of Switzerland, citing the example of the Honorary Consul of Cyprus, Mr Aristotelis Nicolaides, who with his family, are due enormous credit for their role in developing Uganda’s coffee industry. The Nicolaides family also own and run the Mythos Greek Taverna, and made a very generous contribution towards hosting the evening with the Consular Corps.
The Consular Corps Secretary, Mrs. Maria Odido, Honorary Consul of Botswana, made closing remarks thanking all the evening’s guests, and noted that moving forward, the Consular Corps was looking forward to continuing its efforts with the Diplomatic Corps of Uganda, and will be hosting further events in the future.