REGIONAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION DEPARTMENT (REC)

The Department is responsible for handling the East African Community, regional and continental economic organisations (such as COMESA, IGAD, SADC, NEPAD etc.). 

The key functions of the Department include:

  • Strengthening and promoting regional coperation and integration initiatives taking into account need to reduce overlap and duplication; and enhancing efficiency.
  • Promoting a peaceful strategy/mechanism to address border demarcation issues and finalising protocols with neighbouring countries and depositing them with the AU and UN. 
  • Strengthening a coordinated and cooperative mechanism between Ministry and other national ecomin stakeholders. 
  • Lobby positions for placement of Uganda or Ugandans in regional political organisations.
  • Supporting the business community and professionals to tap opportunities in the region. 
  • Promoting gradualist, systematic and integrated approach to continental integration. 
  • Supporting the fast tracking of the East African integration process.
  • Promoting initiatives on joint exploitation or development of shared natural resources like Lake Victoria, the Nile River, Lake Albert, for the mutual benefit. 
  • Promote Uganda as a favourite destination for foreign direct investment, tourists and holiday makers.
  • Strengthening and widening its outreach its embassies in Africa, putting emphasis or focus on economic diplomacy and integration.
NAME DESIGNATIONRANKEMAIL ADDRESS
Amb. John Leonard MugerwaFSO IHead of Departmentjohn.mugerwa@mofa.go.ug 
Ms Ann BabinagaFSO IIDeputy Head of Departmentann.babinaga@mofa.go.ug 
Ms Linda Ijang OderFSO IIIHead of EAC and other Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Divisionlinda.ijang@mofa.go.ug 
Mr. Mutungi FrancisFSO IVAg. Head of AU and Bilateral Economic Cooperation Divisionfrancis.mutungi@mofa.go.ug 
Mr. Muhindo Bwambale CrissyFSO VIFSO VI, Desk Officer (EAC  & other RECs Division)crissy.bwambale@mofa.go.ug 
Mr. Sebigeye L. PhilipFSO VIDesk Officer (AU and Bilateral Economic Cooperation Division)philip.sebigeye@mofa.go.ug 
Ms. Biraahwa B. BrendaFSO VIDesk Officer (EAC & other RECs Division)brenda.byonabye@mofa.go.ug 
Mrs. Florence Wanaswa
Principal Personal Secretary RECflorence.wanaswa@mofa.go.ug
Ms. Juliet Torach
Office Attendant REC


Highlights

STATEMENT ON THE ALLEGED CLOSURE OF THE UGANDA BORDER WITH RWANDA, 14th-March 2019

Uganda wishes to refute allegations that it closed its borders with Rwanda. Since 28th February 2019 when the Government of Rwanda issued an advisory against travel of its nationals to Uganda, flow of traffic from Uganda to Rwanda has been continuing normally as detailed below

SPEECH DELIVERED BY PRESIDENT YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI AT THE AFRICA NOW CONFERENCE 12TH -13TH MARCH 2019, 12th-March 2019

We first need to understand what is meant by transformation. In the 1960s, economists were talking about growth and development.  Growth was supposed to mean quantitative expansion of the respective sectors e.g. grow more coffee, cotton, etc.  Development was a term that implied some qualitative changes ? propelling the economy and society to a higher level....

UGANADA HANDS OVER 70 EX-23 COMBATANTS TO DRC, 27th-February 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of Government of the Republic of Uganda on 26th Febuary 2019, facilitated the repatriation of over 70 EX-23 Combatants  and 10 dependants to  the Government of the Republic of the Democratic of Congo. The Ceremony took place at Entebbe International Airport.
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