Ambassador Tarja Fernández presented her credentials to Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni in Entebbe on January 18, 2018. Present was also Finland’s honorary consul in Uganda, Mr Richard Mugeva. Ambassador Fernández and president Museveni discussed bilateral relations and the potential to deepen trade relations. The presentation of credentials was preceded by an inspection of the guard of honor by the ambassador in Kampala.
The Ministry of Foreign affairs supports several Finnish non-governmental organizations which work in Uganda primarily in the fields of education and healthcare. Finnfund has also invested in Uganda, for example in developing sustainable agroforestry. Finland has trained the East African Standby Force and organizes holistic crisis management courses. Many Ugandan soldiers, policemen and civilians have participated in the courses over the years. Higher education cooperation with Uganda has been going on for years, especially with Makerere University. Higher education cooperation has also expanded to partnerships in innovation, one of which is the “UniWASH" project, with the Finnish partners Finland’s Unicef, Aalto university and Biolan. Finland supports refugees that Uganda has taken on from neighboring countries through humanitarian aid (2,2 million in 2017).