By: Ismael Kasooha
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja today met the Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Korea JANG SUNG MIN and they discussed a wide range of bilateral issues at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala.
Nabbanja praised the cordial relations that have existed between Uganda and the Republic of South Korea for the last 60 years and continue to develop due to the existing mutual cooperation.
She says that the Republic of Korea has been instrumental in supporting Uganda in health, education and training.
“Besides the exchange visits, our warm relationship has also facilitated cooperation between our countries. Just recently, during our fight against COVID-19, the Government of South Korea supported us with US$6,575,132, which allowed us to equip our health workers with essential items like testing kits, personal protective equipment, and other medical items, she said.
Nabbanja appealed to the Presidential Special Envoy to help in promoting partnerships between the Korean private sector investors to come and invest in Uganda.
She says that the investment environment was conducive in the country and the government was ready to avail land and other subsidies.
She acknowledged the support to refugees from the Korea Embassy to the displaced persons.
“During the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva in December 2019, South Korea pledged to provide $5 million to support the Comprehensive Refugee Response in Uganda for a three-year period (2020-2022). This year, $1,666,667 was received and will be used to strengthen health care, improve hygiene, and provision water and sanitation services for the refugees and the host communities,” noted Nabbanja.
Through the Korea International Cooperation Agency, the Government of South Korea established a Vocational Training Institute in Ntinda in Kampala in 2018, set up Sustainable Model Villages based on the Saemaul Undong Model in Mpigi and Mityana Districts, established the National Farmers’ Leadership Centre in Mpigi, strengthened health care for mothers, new-borns and Child Health Services, and modernisation and automation of Entebbe International Airport.
On his part the special envoy of the President of the Republic of Korea Jang Sung Min assured the Prime Minister of the continued support to Uganda and hopes Uganda will develop in technology.
Jang says that Uganda has the potential to become an investment hub for Africa and hailed President Yoweri Museveni for his leadership.
In a related development the Prime Minister also met the First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia Malungo Chisangano accompanied by the Deputy Chief Whip Princes Kasune and their delegation at her office in Kampala.
Nabbanja with her guests shared on how the Leader of Government Business in Parliament of Uganda transacts and the role played by the office.
The First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia Malungo Chisangano lauded the Government of Uganda for the good relationship and Pan Africanism spirit promoted by the President of Uganda.
Chisangano said that they were here to benchmark on democracy and how the government transacts business.
The Prime Minister lauded the people of Zambia for hosting Uganda’s first Prime Minister who later became president Late Dr. Apollo Milton Obote.