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Christopher Onyanga Aparr

Permanent Misssion of Uganda
Ambassador/Permanent Representative
Currently, Amb. Christopher Onyanga Aparr is the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations and other International Organizations; to World Trade Organization, in Geneva and Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation Council in Bern.Since taking up this position in 2013, Ambassador Onyanga Aparr assumed the role of Coordinator of LDC countries from January 2014 to March 2015. He championed the cause of the LDC Group in trade negotiations on Trade Facilitations, Agriculture, NAMA, Trade in Services, and issues of national Development in general in preparation for Bali Ministerial Conference (MC9) in Indonesia. In preparation for the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC10) in Nairobi, Mr. Onyanga Aparr is now involved in Negotiations on Agriculture (with its three pillars), TRIPS extension, Rules of Origin criteria, Duty free Quota free and Operationalisation of Services Waiver. He organised a High Level Conference on Services Waiver in February 2015.At the UN, he is involved in discussions and formulations of binding Principles and Regulations as applied by affiliated organisations like HRC, ITU, WHO, ILO and UNCTAD.Amb. Onyanga Aparr is currently Chair of Investment, Entrepreneurship and Development (IED) Commission helping to devise and develop the main theme, and sub-themes for UNCTAD XIV Conference of 2016 which will most likely be held in Kenya.Previously, from 1996 – 2001, Ambassador Christopher Onyanga Aparr was Ambassador to the Russian Federation and the fifteen (15) Commonwealth of Independent States of the former Soviet Union thereafter, he was in 2003 appointed Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria and the Vatican concurrently, but resident in Berlin.From the year 2010, Mr. Christopher Onyanga Aparr was High Commissioner/Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other West African States of Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Ghana, and Cameroon, amongst others.Prior to the above, Ambassador Onyanga Aparr held various positions in the Government of Uganda, namely; Senior Government Valuer in charge of Land and Real Estate appraisal in the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources of the Government; Chief Estates Officer in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in charge of management and protective maintenance of Government properties. He was also Board Director of Transocean (Uganda) Limited, in charge of transportation, freight and clearing of goods and services.Ambassador Onyanga Aparr also held the position of Principal National Housing Officer in the Parastatal Organization called National Housing and Construction Corporation, carrying out construction and management of housing estates to increase housing stock in the country. In this capacity, he handled a number of housing projects in the country, amongst others, to enable the citizens own personal landed-properties.