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Address: Axel-Springer-Straße 54A, Berlin, D-10117

Tel.:+49(0)30-2060990

Fax: +49 (0)30 - 24 04 75 57

E-mail: office@ugandaembassyberlin.de

www.ugandaembassyberlin.de 

The Ambassador

Marcel R. Tibaleka

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Amb. Marcel R. Tibaleka studied Controle Pedagogies at the Universite de Clermont in Cavill-Vichy, France and has a certificate in French.

From 1970 to 2007 Amb. Tibaleka worked with the Uganda Police Force. He retired in 2007, however in 2012 he was appointed as Uganda's Ambassador to Germany and also as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Organizations in Vienna.

Amb. Tibaleka speaks English, French and German.

History

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The Federal Republic of Germany established diplomatic relations with Uganda immediately after the country gained independence on 9th October 1962. The consulate that had previously been set up was upgraded to an embassy.

Germany enjoys a positive image in Uganda. Germany’s engagement in the United Nations Security Council and mutual visits by the two countries’ heads of state and other high-ranking visitors have raised Germany’s profile there. Then German Federal President, Horst Köhler, paid an official visit to Uganda in February 2008 and the then Federal Foreign Minister, Westerwelle, visited Kampala in July 2010. Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Niebel, was in Uganda in May and June 2013 for intergovernmental talks on development cooperation. There are regular mutual visits by members of parliament. Bundestag President, Norbert Lammert, visited Uganda in late March 2012 to attend the 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, which was hosted by Uganda. Bilateral economic relations are regulated through a number of agreements and protocols (investment protection, financial and technical cooperation). Among the EU countries, Germany is an important trading partner of Uganda (with bilateral trade worth EUR 166 million in 2013), along with the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium. Uganda’s main exports to Germany are coffee, fish, smaller quantities of other agricultural products, cobalt and basic technical products. Uganda’s main imports from Germany are machinery and chemical products.

German-Ugandan development cooperation began in 1964. At the most recent Ugandan-German intergovernmental negotiations in May 2013, a new commitment worth EUR 119.5 million was agreed upon for a three-year period. Germany is also providing low-interest loans from climate funds, worth a total of EUR 75 million, to build two power transmission lines in eastern and western Uganda. Another low-interest loan, worth EUR 40 million, has also been pledged for the Muzizi hydroelectric power plant, bringing total bilateral development cooperation to EUR 234.5 million for the period of 2013-2015.