Lord Dolar Amarshi Popat is making his first visit to Uganda as the newly-appointed UK Trade Envoy to Uganda. On the first day of his visit on 22 June, Lord Popat held a meeting with President Museveni. They discussed bilateral trade and opportunities for widening the trade relationship. Lord Popat’s programme also includes a number of meetings with Ugandan government ministers, as well as senior officials from other key Ugandan institutions, such as the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). On 23 June, Lord Popat was the guest of honour at a British business breakfast forum at the Serena Hotel, at which he gave a keynote speech and participated in a question and answer session with the business community.
On 23 June, Uganda’s leading daily newspaper the New Vision published an op ed article written by Lord Popat, promoting bilateral trade and investment between Uganda and the UK.
Lord Popat was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as the new UK Trade Envoy to Uganda earlier in 2016. He was born in Uganda, has been a businessman for 35 years and has served as a Minister for Business in the UK. Trade Envoys are senior parliamentarians appointed by the British Prime Minister to foster bilateral trade and investment in markets identified to have substantial commercial opportunities. Lord Popat’s appointment reflects the growing importance of the Ugandan market and will help to strengthen our bilateral trade relationship to our mutual benefit.