Uganda: Museveni, the President of Uganda, in an Official Visit to Iceland

20.10.2008

The president of Uganda, Yoweri K. Museveni, and his wife, Janet Museveni, came to Iceland on an official visit on September 17th. The country’s Foreign Minister, Sam Kuteesi, was travelling with them, as well as members of the parliament and other officials. The aim of the visit was to study the uses of geothermal heat in Iceland, the development of the fishing industry, education in information technology and its application in public administration. The visit was also an important stepping-stone in Iceland’s relations with Africa since Uganda is one of the leading countries on the continent.

During the trip, Museveni invited Icelandic innovators to come to Uganda and invest in the areas of the economy that the government prioritises, development of the social infrastructure, energy issues and agricultural production for exportation. He also invited the president of Iceland to come for an official visit to Uganda.

In the newspapers in Uganda says that Museveni, during a dinner at Bessastaðir, thanked the Icelandic people and the government for the support in developmental and humanitarian issues that Icelanders provide in the areas of adult education, energy, fisheries and scientific research.

As is known, Uganda is one of Iceland’s four African partner countries in bilateral development cooperation and the Icelandic International Development Agency has been working in the country from 2001. ICEIDA’s largest project is carried out in Uganda and that is a regional development project in the island district of Kalangala on Lake Victoria which reaches 45 thousand inhabitants of the islands. The development project is based on the development plan for the district and mostly covers four areas, administration, fisheries, education and health.