About the Embassy
The Embassy's mandate is specified in the Mission Charter as follows:
- Engage the United States to be supportive of various peace-building initiatives/ processes of interest to Uganda and the Great Lakes Region
- Lobby United States' understanding and appreciation of Uganda's position on various issues including; social, political, cultural etc.
- Lobby World Bank and IMF for at least US$500 million of development assistance per year.
- Lobby annual inward transfer of at least US$500 million worth of investment from United States.
- Promote at least US$50 million worth of Uganda exports to the United States.
- Engage Ugandan Diaspora in the United States to actively contribute to development at home (i.e. through remittances, direct investment, partnership building, skills etc.)
- Facilitate attraction of at least 100,000 tourists to Uganda.
- Handle at least 300,000 requests for consular services per year.
- Identify and facilitate acquisition, development and maintenance of at least one government property in Washington DC per year
- Lobby for at least 30 American scholarships annually for Ugandan students especially in areas of technological innovation, health, oil and gas, agriculture, research etc.
The Vision of the Embassy is: "A Secure Uganda and a Prosperous People".
The Mission of the Embassy is: "To Promote and Protect Uganda's National Interests in the U.S.A and the other Countries of Accreditation". The Strategic Plan will serve to focus the Embassy to its vision and mission.
Uganda Embassy in Washington D.C is mandated to promote and protect Uganda's national interests in the United States of America and other countries of accreditation, namely; Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.
In addition, the Embassy coordinates programs for the development of Uganda with the global financial institutions headquartered in Washington DC, namely; the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.
The Embassy also has the responsibility to manage its human and other resources, including the following three properties: The official residence located at 5009 Loughboro Road NW and two office blocks for the Chancery located at 5911 and 5909, 16th Street NW, Washington D.C.
The Mission executes its mandate and implements the charter in line with Uganda's Foreign Policy guided by national, regional and international principles and legal documents including:
i. The 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda as specifically laid down in objective no. XXVIII of the National Objectives and Directive principles of State policy;
ii. The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961;
iii. The Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community;
iv. The Treaty establishing COMESA;
v. The Constitutive Act of the African Union;
vi. The Charter of the United Nations;
vii. Treaties, Conventions and Agreements signed by the Government of Uganda with the United States of America and with the other countries of accreditation.
Functions of the Embassy
Consequently, the key functions of Uganda Embassy in Washington DC are the following:
- Trade and export promotion aimed at expanding the market for Ugandan products in the USA through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and WTO as well as trade markets in the other areas of accreditation.
- Attracting Foreign Direct Investment from the USA and the other countries of accreditation.
- Promotion of Tourism aimed at increasing the number of tourists from the USA and the other countries of accreditation.
- Mobilization of ODA, Grants and soft loans from the government of the USA, World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Private Financial Institutions and Trusts.
- Mobilizing the diaspora community to participate in the development of Uganda through increased remittances and investments, leveraged through platforms with tangible impact.
- Knowledge and technology transfer through capacity building opportunities, scholarships and exchange programs.
- Peace and Security cooperation and partnership with the United States of America (USA).
- Promotion of cooperation with U.S.A on matters of Governance, Democracy and Human Rights.