Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Formed9 October 1962
TypeMinistry
JurisdictionGovernment of Uganda
Headquarters2A/B Apollo Kaggwa Road,
Kampala, Uganda
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is a cabinet-level government ministry responsible for the implementation and management of Uganda's foreign policy and international activity.[1]

Location[edit]

The headquarters of the ministry are located at 2A Colville Street, on Nakasero Hill, in the Central Division of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda.[2] The coordinates of the headquarters are: 0°18'55.0"N, 32°35'06.0"E (Latitude:0.315267; Longitude:32.584990).[3]

Overview[edit]

The history of the ministry dates to the independence of Uganda on 9 October 1962. Initially, it was administratively under the Office of the Prime Minister. In 1971, it became a fully fledged ministry.[4] In 1966, the position of State Minister for International Affairs was created, and in 1988 the position of State Minister for Regional Affairs was added.[1]

Political leadership[edit]

As of October 2016, Sam Kutesa is the minister of foreign affairs. He has held this position since 2005. The state minister for international affairs has been Henry Oryem Okello since 2005. Since 1 March 2015, Philemon Mateke has been the state minister for regional affairs.[1][5][6]

Organizational structure[edit]

Administratively, the ministry is divided into the Directorate of International Cooperation and the Directorate of Regional Cooperation.[7]

It also has the following departments:

  • Department of Finance and Administration, which is responsible for financial and administrative matters.[8]
  • Department of Internal Audit, which is responsible for risk assessment and the design of mitigating strategies. The department "is responsible in ensuring that all systems, controls, regulations and procedures are adequate and effective".[9]
  • Resource Centre, which is responsible for communications, public and media relations, information and communications technology issues, training and follow-up of ministerial and ambassador conferences, and related matters.[10]
  • Department of the African Union, which is responsible for designing, implementing, and coordinating the execution of the national policy towards the African Union.[11]
  • Department of Diaspora Services, which is responsible for developing, executing, and monitoring policies affecting Ugandans living and working outside of the country. It was created in 2007.[12]
  • Department of Asia and Pacific Region, which is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of policies and programs regarding relations with the countries of Asia, the Pacific Rim, and the Pacific Ocean.[13]
  • Department of East African Community and Ring States Department, which is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating government policies and programs towards the countries of the East African Community, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.[14]
  • Department of European Relations, which is responsible for formulating, implementing, and coordinating Uganda's relations with European countries.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): About Us". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Location". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  3. ^ Google (21 October 2016). "Location of the Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  4. ^ Rulers (21 October 2016). "List of Foreign Ministers of Uganda since 1962". Rulers.org (Rulers). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  5. ^ Uganda State House (6 June 2016). "Museveni's new cabinet list At 6 June 2016" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  6. ^ Uganda State House (1 March 2015). "Full Cabinet List As At 1 March 2015" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  7. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Directorates". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  8. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Department of Finance and Administration". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  9. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Department of Internal Audit". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  10. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Resource Centre". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  11. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Department of the African Union". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  12. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Department of Diaspora Services". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  13. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Department of Asia and Pacific Region". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  14. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Department of EAC and Ring States". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  15. ^ MOFA (21 October 2016). "Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Uganda): Department of European Relations". Kampala: Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Retrieved 21 October 2016.

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Coordinates: 00°18′55″N 32°35′06″E / 0.31528°N 32.58500°E / 0.31528; 32.58500