Regional Integration and International Relations

The NRM foreign policy seeks to promote and protect Uganda’s national interest abroad. It is based on the 1995 Constitution principles of good neighborliness and mutual cooperation; respect for international law; peaceful co-existence and settlement of disputes; mutual trust, political will and sovereign equality; respect for sanctity of human life, condemnation of and rejection of impunity and political assassination, acts of terrorism and subversive activities; right of self defence in instance of armed attack or threat of aggression; respect of human rights; consistency with national; and participatory and consultative approach.

In the next five years, the NRM Government will build on the past successes in foreign policy, taking into account the changing geo-political environment and new global challenges including, inter alia, climate change, terrorism and the management of the Nile and other shared natural resources. With regard to the specific strategic areas Uganda’s foreign policy will be based on the following:

Promotion of Regional and International Peace and Security

i) NRM will continue to strengthen the application of Pan-African doctrine of Region-led peace initiatives supported by the AU and UN on the critical challenges of our times, including post-referendum Sudan and Somalia in order to promote peace and stability and ensure post-conflict reconstruction, regional integration and development in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.

ii) The NRM Government will continue to work with all the Nile Basin Countries including Egypt and Sudan to ensure an equitable and sustainable use of the River Nile and other shared natural resources.

iii) On the International scene, the NRM Government will continue to meet commitments to the international treaty obligations in the AU and United Nations. NRM government will, as members of the AU Committee of 10 on the UNSC Reform , continue to support the reform of the UNSC to reverse a historical wrong by enabling Africa to obtain 2 permanent seats on the Council as reflected in the Ezulwini Consensus.

Commercial and Economic Diplomacy: Promotion of Trade, Investment, Tourism and Technology Transfer.

The NRM Government will continue to pursue the promotion of Ugandan exports especially for value-added products, inward tourism and direct foreign investment expecially in the three priority areas of infrastructure (roads, rail, telecommunications), energy (hydro-power, oil and gas) Agricultural modernization and value-added agro-processing industries as well as tourism infrastructure.NRM government will continue to promote Uganda as a tourist destination and as a hub for Conferences and other global events.

Uganda, as member of the AU Committee of 10 on Climate Change, will continue to play a prominent role in the Climate Change negotiations in order to create a healthy balance between the development objectives of Developing Countries and the need for cleaner energy. This is needed for ensuring commitment by the international community to mobilize substantial and adequate resources for the necessary mitigation and adaptation measures with the required technology transfer. 

Promotion of Regional Integration in Africa

NRM Government will continue rendering support and commitment to the East African Community integration as the country moves forward to the EA Monetary Union in 2012 and eventually East African Federation. The NRM Government will continue to support the Tripartite SADC-EAC-COMESA efforts at harmonizing and deepening their integration process. Uganda will also continue to work for the gradual political integration of Africa, and to support on going efforts within the AU to ensure strong joint efforts to invest in inter-regional road, rail and telecommunications infrastructure projects and inter-regional power pools which will promote regional trade and continental economic integration

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