Representation from the Ugandan Ministry of Energy, joined sustainable energy investors and developers on March 17, 2016 to celebrate the start of East Africa’s largest solar project, based in Soroti, Uganda. European Union Head of Delegation to Uganda, H.E Ambassador Kristian Schmidt and Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda H.E Alphons Hennekens, representatives from German and Dutch development banks KfW and FMO, and local dignitaries graced the launch of the $19million--10megawatt solar photovoltaic plant.
The people of Uganda went to the polls in large numbers in Presidential and Parliamentary elections on 18 February, showing determination to exercise their civic rights and cast their vote.
The EU Election Observation Mission's preliminary assessment highlights shortcomings in the election process, notably in the areas of neutrality, transparency and the effectiveness of the election administration amongst others.
One of the youngest electorates in the world is about to make an important decision in Uganda’s 18 February 2016 General Elections, and the European Union was invited by the country’s authorities to establish an Election Observation Mission. The purpose of the mission is to assess the extent to which the election process complies with Uganda’s international and regional commitments, and national laws.
In response to an invitation from the Ugandan authorities, the European Union will deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Uganda to observe the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections which are scheduled for 18 February. This will be the third time that the European Union observes elections in Uganda – previous missions took place in 2006 and 2011 - which reflects the EU's sustained commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country.
The on-going crisis in Burundi and its regional impact; the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda; the state of play of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region; and the fight against the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources in the Great Lakes Region were amongst the items on the agenda of the meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) for the Great Lakes Region that took place in Brussels on 18 June.