South Korean president visits Uganda to talk business, trade

South Korea's president has arrived in Uganda for a two-day state visit during which she is expected to discuss business and trade opportunities.

President Park Geun-hye was welcomed at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport on Saturday by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa.

Uganda desperately needs foreign investors to industrialize its economy. President Yoweri Museveni has been targeting Asian countries such as China and South Korea as possible investors in sectors such as mining and agricultural processing.

This is the first visit by a South Korean president since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1963.

In an opinion piece published in Uganda's New Vision newspaper on the eve of her arrival, Park said she "intends to further reinforce mutually beneficial economic cooperation" between the Uganda and South Korea.