“The preparation of works of the joint commission of cooperation launched a few months back is in the final phase of completion with the preparation of about 10 agreements which will be signed in areas where the two countries have complementarities,” declared Uganda’s Minister of internal affairs Jeje Odongo during celebrations to mark the 64th anniversary of the launching of the Algerian Revolution/National Day.
The ambassador noted that over the recent months the dialogue and consultation between Algeria and Uganda has expanded to cover new areas. He said in defense and security bilateral cooperation between the two countries is growing stronger.
During the ceremony, the minister acknowledged Algeria’s experience and leadership in the fight against terrorism.
“Algeria hosts key African institutions, namely; the African Police Cooperation Headquarters and the African Center for Counter Terrorism,” pointed out the official.
“Uganda welcomes the collaboration and will continue cooperating with the Algerian authorities in order to share experience in the fight against terrorism and other vices,” Odongo said.
Besides, he commended Algeria for supporting Uganda in education and human resource development, where the Algerian government offers a number of education opportunities to Ugandan students yearly.
“Over 50 students arrived in the Algerian capital on Monday to pursue studies in medicine, science and technology, oil and gas inter alia,” Odongo said.
Odongo further said the two governments have agreed to conclude a framework of cooperation in vocational and technical training in order to share the rich experience each nation can offer the other. Algeria holds the record for being the biggest donor of undergraduate scholarships.
Boulahbel remarked that Uganda is a strategic partner of Algeria. “Our two countries share convergent perceptions and positions on a large number of questions both African and of international policy.
The ambassador added that the two countries aspire for a more just world order that is more open to international consultation, far from interference, greed and unilateral intrusive approaches in internal affairs of other countries.
“On the African level we are partners to defend the interests of our continent and deepen the process of African integration and the construction of an African architecture of peace and security,” Boulahbel said.
The function was attended by Kirunda Kivejinja the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs, Oryem Okello state minister for foreign affairs, Eng. Monica Azuba minister of works, Prince Kassim Nakibinge the titular head of Muslims in Uganda and Cyprian Kizito Lwanga the Archbishop Of Kampala.