President receives Palestine, Ukraine and Maldives Parliamentary Speakers

Tuesday 3rd April 2012

The Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (Parliament), Mr. Tayseer Qubaa, has paid a courtesy call on President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Entebbe. Mr. Qubaa is in Uganda attending the ongoing 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly that was officially opened by President Museveni over the week-end.

The President and his guest discussed issues pertaining to the relations between Uganda and Palestine with a view to strengthening further for the mutual benefit of the 2 peoples. The Palestinian Legislative Council that was elected on January 20th 1996 consists of 88 seats. The Council inaugurated its work on March 7th 1996 and this day is celebrated in Palestine as “Democracy Day”.

Receiving the Rt. Hon. Tomenko Mykola, Vice-Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, President Museveni commended the good relations between Uganda and Ukraine. Mr. Museveni extended an invitation to Ukrainian entrepreneurs to come to Uganda and invest in the agro-processing sector and value addition to the agricultural field.

The President further invited Ukranian investors to come and invest in agro-processing and value addition in the agricultural sector.

Vice Speaker Mykola commended President Museveni for the developments that Uganda has achieved under the National Resistance Movement Government.

Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe at 603,000 square kilometers with a population of about 50 million. The country which inherited its scientific and industrial potential from the Soviet Union’s era, produces space rocket launchers and holds the 4th position in the world in the number of IT specialists following the USA, India and Russia. The country churns out about 14,000 IT specialists from its universities every year and it had been estimated that the country’s export of computer software would reach US$1 billion by the end of last year.

Later, President Museveni warmly welcomed to Uganda the Maldives Speaker Rt. Hon. Abdulla Shahid and his delegation. He commended the delegation for coming to Uganda.

The Maldives is composed of 1,200 coral islands in Indian Ocean spread over 90,000 square kilometers with a population of 315,000. About 90 islands are developed as tourist resorts with the rest uninhabited or used for agriculture and other livelihood purposes.

The meetings were attended by State Minister for Regional Affairs, Mr. Asuman Kiyingi and the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon Jacob Oulanya.

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