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Uganda’s Speaker Of Parliament Rt.Hon Annet Anita Among applauds the Government of Cuba for its continued support to the education and health sectors in Uganda.

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Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament of Parliament Rt.Hon Annet Anita Among (R) gifts the Cuban Foreign Minister and leader of the delegation His Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.Photo by Ronbald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among has hailed  the Cuban Government for its  continued Support  to the number  of scholarships that have been offered to Ugandans to study in Cuban Universities and training institutions especially in the field of sciences.

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon Annet Anita Among (R) gifts the Cuban Foreign Minister and leader of  delegation His Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Among  said this after receiving the  the delegation at Hotel Africana on Sunday.

For example, you have build a very big hospital in Mbarara.The best doctors  Uganda has here are Cubans and they are doing a good job.

We have 1000  Doctors part of these teaching at Mbarara University.

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon Annet Anita Among (R) gifts the Cuban Foreign Minister and leader of  delegation His Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon Annet Anita Among (R)  with  the Cuban Foreign Minister and leader of  delegation His Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Some of the Ugandan Members of Parliament belonging to the  Uganda- Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group and attended were Hon. Akena James Michael Jimmy, Hon. Alum Sandra Ogwang Santa, Hon. Alyek Judith, Hon. Esther Afoyochan, Hon. Suubi Kinyamatama Juliet

She promised to send  MPs to Cuba  to find  areas  of interest of both Countries and see how to help each other.

“The Uganda- Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group that I Chair is comprised of 12 Members of Parliament including Hon. Akena James Michael Jimmy, Hon. Alum Sandra Ogwang Santa, Hon. Alyek Judith, Hon. Esther Afoyochan, Hon. Solomon Silwany, Hon. Norah Bigirwa, Hon. David Kabanda”.

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament of Parliament Rt.Hon Annet Anita Among (2nd R)  with the Cuban Foreign Minister and leader of  delegation His Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. Right is Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ambassador Aisa.

Left is also a Counsellor at the  Ministry Of Foreign Affairs  Tom Manano.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon Annet Anita Among (R)  seeing off the Cuban delegation led by the Cuban Foreign Minister  His Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.Photo by Ronbald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon Annet Anita Among (R)  seeing off the Cuban delegation led by the Cuban Foreign Minister  His Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.Photo by Ronbald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon Annet Anita Among (R)   is seen with  fellow MPs  after  seeing off the Cuban delegation led by the Cuban Foreign Minister  His Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.Photo by Ronbald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

“Uganda is the best Country in the World.When you come here even if its a Sunday, we leave our families and come to welcome you.

We shall continue to do our best with this partnership.

Even the sanctions in place wont stop us from continuing to work together.

Parliament is one of  the most important organs.

If it fails to handle any matter,nothing will go on well.

We know that Cuba has an Economic problem. We will ensure that we support our Students there.Just do n’t worry.

You sometime back agreed that we would exchange goods.We give you what you do not have and you give us what we do not have.

So, we assure you of our full support.

On his part, the leader of delegation and Cuban  Minister Of Foreign Affairs  His Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla paid tribute to the late Speaker Of Parliament Rt.Hon.Jacob Oulanyah and said Uganda lost  a very important icon.

 

Among’s Full Speech below:

 26TH JUNE 2022

AFRICANA HOTEL – KAMPALA

 

  • His Excellency, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba and your delegation
  • Honourable Commissioners of Parliament,
  • Honourable Members of Parliament,
  • Distinguished Ambassadors,
  • Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Distinguished ladies and Gentlemen.

 

It is my pleasure to welcome your Excellency, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and your delegation to Uganda, the pearl of Africa and to this meeting. To my Honourable colleagues, thank you for honouring my invitation.

 

Uganda and Cuba have enjoyed excellent diplomatic relations since the 1960s when Cuba opened its Diplomatic Mission in Kampala. I am pleased to inform you that Uganda will be re-opening its Diplomatic Mission in Havana. In fact, recently H.E the President recently appointed Ambassador Elizabeth Musaazi to Cuba.

 

The two countries have supported each other at the international fora through the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), G77 and the United Nations, defending and protecting their strategic political and economic interests and partnerships. Uganda has consistently supported Cuba at the UN and other fora in an effort to lift the USA unilateral economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed on Cuba.

Uganda has continued to work closely with the Government of Cuba to develop and implement programs such as cooperation in education, agriculture, biotechnology and health.

I acknowledge the instrumental role that was played by the Cuban doctors in setting up Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in 1990 and by 2017, MUST with the help of Cuban Doctors had trained over 1000 Medical Doctors in Uganda. Currently there are 3 Cuban medical Doctors teaching at Mbarara University.

Your Excellency, we applaud the Government of Cuba for its continued support to the education and health sectors in Uganda. The number of scholarships that have been offered to Ugandans to study in Cuban Universities and training institutions especially in the field of sciences.

In 2018 Cuban scientists worked closely with an inter-institutional team of scientists from Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine, the National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO), the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and National Animal Genetic Resource Centre in the research to improve animal and agricultural productivity.

While the US sanctions levied against Cuba affected the economic and commercial relations between Uganda and Cuba, deliberate engagements have taken place to find a way forward on how the two countries can still enjoy better corporation that is why a Committee has since been set up to reinvigorate trade relations with Cuba.

The solutions found included proposals that Uganda and Cuba carry out barter trade by exchanging the goods that Cuba needed and Uganda taking products/goods produced in Cuba.

As Parliament, we pledge our full support to these efforts and the implementation of all decisions taken by our tow governments.

Your Excellency, the team of Honourable Members present form part of the Uganda- Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group that was established to foster the relationship between the two countries and ensure that Cuba becomes an active participant of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of states.

The Uganda- Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group that I Chair is comprised of 12 Members of Parliament including Hon. Akena James Michael Jimmy, Hon. Alum Sandra Ogwang Santa, Hon. Alyek Judith, Hon. Esther Afoyochan, Hon. Solomon Silwany, Hon. Norah Bigirwa, Hon. David Kabanda, Hon Alioni Yorke Odria, Hon. Mwine Mpaka Rwamirama, Hon. Suubi Kinyamatama Juliet, Hon. Rwemulikya Ibanda and Hon. William Chemonges.

I would like to thank the Government of Uganda and the Government of Cuba for the continued engagements on the strategic social, political and economic partnerships.

 

For God and My Country!

 

ANITA ANNET AMONG, MP

SPEAKER OF THE PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA

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