Okello Oryem hails Uganda – UK Relations.

Kampala, Uganda – By E K Benj.

Uganda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of International Affairs on Wednesday 4th November 2020 hosted a farewell luncheon in honour of the outgoing UK in Uganda High Commissioner H.E. Peter G. West.

Hon. Oryem paid an glowing tribute to the High Commissioner for the significant role he has played in promoting the excellent and cordial bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Uganda. The Minister further commended the UK Government’s long-term commitment to promoting and funding Uganda’s development Initiatives such as the Recovery Programmes in Northern Uganda, Improving maternal and Reproductive health, Driving growth through training, job creation, financial services and trade to mention but a few.

Oryem wished Amb. West a safe journey back and remarkable success in his future assignments. In his response, the outgoing High Commissioner conveyed a message of gratitude to H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the People and Government of the Republic of Uganda, and in particular the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for all the cooperation and facilities put at his disposal during his tour of duty.

H.E Peter G West (Right) & Hon Okello Oryem

Mr. West further reiterated that UK AID funding would continue to support Initiatives and the different development Programmes focusing on poverty reduction, financial accountability, climate change and respecting human rights. He further pledged to continue promoting the good relations between the United Kingdom and Uganda.

The luncheon was attended by a representative of the Diplomatic Corps, H.E. Kerem Alp (Turkish Ambassador to Uganda), Amb. Patrick Mugoya (Permanent Secretary MoFA), Amb. Charles Ssentongo (Chief of Protocol and Marshall of Diplomatic Corps), Amb. Paul Mukumbya (Head of Regional Peace & Security), senior officials from the Ministry and staff at the UK High Commission in Kampala.

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Biography

Peter West the out going British High Commissioner to Uganda took up his appointment on 30 November 2016.

He is married to Julia West. They have one daughter and twin sons.

Mr West’s first posting was to Argentina in 1980. He has since worked in a range of countries including New Zealand, Denmark, Thailand, Australia, Nigeria and most recently Sierra Leone where he was serving during the Ebola outbreak.

Curriculum vitae

  • Feb 2013 – Nov 2016: British High Commissioner to the Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Oct 2011 – Dec 2012: Lagos, Deputy High Commissioner
  • Sept 2008 – Oct 2011 Abuja, Deputy High Commissioner
  • July 2004 – July 2008 Melbourne, Consul General
  • 2000 – 2004 – Bangkok, Deputy Head of Mission
  • 1997 – 1999 – FCDO, Deputy Head, South Asian Department
  • 1992 – 1997 – Copenhagen, First Secretary (Political/EU)
  • 1991 – 1992 – FCDO, Head of Section, Latin America Department
  • 1989 – 1991 – FCDO, Desk Officer, Security Coordination Department
  • 1986 – 1988 – FCDO, Desk Officer, Southern African Department
  • 1984 – 1986 – Auckland, Vice Consul (Commercial)
  • 1980 – 1983 – Buenos Aires, Third Secretary/Vice Consul
  • 1977 – Entered Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

British High Commissioner to Uganda

The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

Previous roles in government

  • British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone
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