During her visit to Uganda, the Lord Mayor of London, Rt Hon Fiona Woolf, announced a prestigious scholarship to be awarded to a promising Ugandan future leader. The scholarship will provide the opportunity to complete a Masters degree at a UK university, followed by valuable work experience in the City of London, the UK’s global financial hub.
The Lord Mayor of London was the guest of honour at a reception on 12 September, hosted by the British High Commissioner, HE Alison Blackburne, and attended by leading figures from the worlds of government, business and media in Uganda. During her speech, the Lord Mayor praised Uganda’s potential as a trade and investment partner:
You have to come to a country to find out just how much potential there is to further the relationship, and that is so true of Uganda…
The Lord Mayor commented on the appetite for inward investment that she had noticed during her visit to Uganda, and signalled the willingness of the City of London to assist Uganda in meeting the challenges ahead:
You’re very welcoming to investment … you’re very anxious to attract investment here, and that’s a strong message to take back. And we are very enthused.
You’re facing … challenges: we all are. So don’t feel that you’re alone. And we would love to help in any small or big way.
Commenting on her decision to award a Mansion House Scholarship to Uganda, the Lord Mayor said:
The other topic which … is so close to all our hearts is education, training and qualifications … It gives me great pleasure to have been able to announce this morning one of our very special Mansion House Scholarships for a young Ugandan, who will be given the life-changing experience of a Masters degree and then working in the City of London.