Canada - Uganda Relations

Canada - Uganda Relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with Uganda in 1962 shortly after Uganda’s independence. In Uganda, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in Kenya, in Nairobi, and by an honorary consul in Kampala. In Canada, Uganda maintains a high commission in Ottawa.

Canada’s interests in Uganda centre on promoting human rights and democratic governance, supporting refugees in the region, and promoting regional security and stability. Canada and Uganda share an interest in addressing the humanitarian needs of those affected by the current security crises in the region. Uganda contributes military and police personnel to several UN missions, including in South Sudan and Somalia, and is a significant troop contributor to the African Union Mission in Somalia. From the UN Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda, Canada provides tactical airlift support to UN missions in the region, assisting with the transport of troops, equipment and supplies.

The majority of Canada’s international assistance to Uganda is channeled through long-term institutional support to multilateral organizations such as UN agencies, the World Bank and the African Development Bank. Local organizations can apply for support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). Recent CFLI projects have focused on climate change and human rights. Ugandans are eligible for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program and the African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program.

Uganda hosts the largest refugee population in Africa, with most coming from South Sudan and other neighbouring countries. Canada provides humanitarian assistance to help meet the needs of refugees living in the country.

In 2018, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Uganda reached $35.8million, consisting of $24.3 million in exports from Canada and $11.6 million in imports from Uganda. Top Canadian merchandise exports to Uganda comprise textiles, machinery and equipment, and top Canadian merchandise imports from Uganda are primarily of coffee, fish and seafood, live trees and cocoa.

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