President Yoweri Museveni has applauded the Filipino community in Uganda for making Uganda their investment destination in the fields of construction, health and agriculture.
In a statement read by state minister for foreign affairs in charge of regional co-operation, Asuman Kiyingi, Museveni said Uganda welcomes investors and business people from various sectors who support the development of a strong and prosperous Ugandan economy.
"For many investors, Uganda is an attractive investment location in Africa, because it is strategically located in the rapidly developing East African market and has a comparative advantage over her neighbours in the region," Museveni said in the statement.
His remarks were delivered on Sunday at Hotel International Muyenga during the induction of officers and oath-taking ceremony for the Filipino community's new leaders in Uganda.
The President commended the Filipino community in Uganda for the sense of togetherness they portray amongst themselves and the fact that they are proud of their roots and heritage.
The Filipino Consul to Kenya Nairobi, Donna Celeste Feliciano Gatmaytan, commended Ugandans for their hospitality nature that has enabled the Filipinos to enjoy their stay in Ugandan environment.
"I encourage my fellow countrymen to be good ambassadors in Uganda; they should share their experiences with Ugandans so that we can all learn from each other," Gatmaytan said.
There are over 600 Filipinos currently staying in Uganda. The Filipino community in Uganda will be headed by Divina Mikkelsen as the new president for the association replacing German Ballesteros.
The guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner, however, the minister being a Muslim, found himself in an awkward position as the first dish on the dining table was a whole roast pig. He abandoned the meal.