Ugandans in South Korea Seek Gov't Support

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Kaziro told the MPs that talks between the two countries could lead to a relaxation of stringent visa requirements by South Korea for Ugandans intending to visit the country.

Ugandans living in South Korea have asked for financial support from government to help improve trade between the two countries. Paul Kaziro, the Chairperson of the Ugandan Community in South Korea made the call while meeting a Parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga at Glad Hotel, Seoul on Monday.



"We are requesting the government of Uganda to make a commitment to fund the activities of the Ugandan Community in South Korea as a registered association that supports and empowers Ugandans living here," Kaziro said.

 
He also called for improved bilateral relations between Uganda and South Korea to improve trade relations. "If government could also organize more trade and market conferences, the Ugandan economy will get a great boast," he said.
 
 
Kaziro told the MPs that talks between the two countries could lead to a relaxation of stringent visa requirements by South Korea for Ugandans intending to visit the country.

 
"If the government can have bilateral talks with South Korea, it would facilitate Ugandans to come and trade freely, which would improve the economy of Uganda and the relationship between the two countries," Kaziro said.
 
 
He recommended that government lobbies the South Korean government to grant more visas to students wishing to study in various institutions in the country.

 
"South Korea has vast opportunities for labor; I am certain that we have workmanship that can be able to do this work. Here they import labor from countries like Ethiopia and South Africa, why not Uganda?" he asked.

 

In her response, Kadaga noted that although she was unaware of the presence of Ugandans in South Korea, there was a plan to support Ugandans in the diaspora, which targeted North America, Netherlands and South Africa. 



"I didn't know that there was such a big population in South Korea. There is a plan to support other Diasporas, we can broaden and support can be sent here too," she said.

 
She also said the Ministry of Trade would benefit from trade exhibitions if government was informed about the schedules. The parliamentary delegation includes Makindye East MP, Ibrahim Kasozi, Iki Iki County MP, Robert Kasolo and Buikwe North MP, Paul Sebulime.

 
They are in South Korea to attend the International Scouts Jamboree Celebration.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.