Uteem is the longest serving President of Mauritius, serving for 9 years. He was widely regarded as the most popular political figure of the country during the 1990s.
Uteem is a member of the Club of Madrid. He was a candidate for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission in early 2008, but withdrew prior to the vote. Uteem is a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an organization which works to promote good governance around the world.