Tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia the new Consul of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to Uganda has on Tuesday March 17, 2020 presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa at his offices in Kampala.
The businessman was accompanied by Nepalis residents and Ambassador Jhabindra Aryal in Uganda as he becomes the South Asian nation’s first ever Consul to Uganda.
Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa yesterday said the consulate will boost bilateral relations between the two countries, and called for efforts to promote Uganda’s tourism sector.
Mr Kutesa acknowledged the appointment of Mr Ruparelia and pledged to support him.
Speaking at the opening of the consulate office at the Crane Chambers in Kampala, Mr Ruparelia promised to promote the bilateral trade between the two countries and connect Uganda’s business community to the opportunities in Nepal.
“Nepal is rich in religion and tourism. Tourism in Uganda is also rich and that is what I commit to strengthen,” Mr Ruparelia said. He noted that he was pleased to approve his appointment because he knew him, and that he couldn’t have found a better choice
Nepal does not have a permanent mission in Uganda but Sudhir’s appointment is the first step to further strengthen the ties between the two countries.
In most cases, they are local people designated by a foreign governments to represent their interests in a foreign country.
With an estimated population of 26.4 million, Nepal is world 48th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area. The South Asian nation is mainly in the Himalayas mountain ranges. It has an estimated population of 26.4 million people.
Mr. Kutesa, who earlier in the day received Mr. Sudhir’s credentials, was the chief guest at the cocktail also attended by State Minister for international relations Mr. Okello Oryem and Nepalese Ambassador to Egypt Jyabindra Aryal under whose jurisdiction Uganda falls.
Ambassador Jhabindra said that having a mission in Uganda has eased access to Nepalese living in Uganda to consular services.
Mr. Kutesa said the government of Uganda expected relations with Nepal to grow to higher heights with the milestone of a consular office with Mr. Ruparelia, a businessman of longstanding repute behind the initiatives.