BY UGANDA VANGUARD
KAMPALA – Uganda has hailed the bilateral relations with Cuba as cordial and stronger over 45 years despite difficult both countries have faced. According to Vice President Edward Ssekandi Uganda and Cuba have common foreign policies that stress good relations with neighboring states.
“Since the people’s revolution of 1959, that brought President Fidel Castro to the leadership of Cuba, Uganda and Cuba have supported each other at the international fora through Non-Aligned Movement G77 and at the U.N on strategic, socio-economic interests,” he said.
Ssekandi was meeting the Cuban Ambassador Antonio Luis Pubillones who called on him at his office in Kampala Saturday September 7th, 2019.
He further explained, “Although Uganda had signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Cuba in 2018 to bring in the country doctors from Cuba, the process had been suspended. Due to misunderstandings and uncoordinated positions, the program has been put on hold pending further consultations and harmonisation of the position by all stakeholders.”
He said that Cuban doctors were instrumental in setting up Mbarara University of Science and Technology in 1990 and by 2017, the University had trained over 1000 medical doctors.
“Uganda still needs Cuba’s support in skilling young people especially in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agricultural sectors,” said Ssekandi.
He also invited Cuban professionals to collaborate with Ugandans in the areas of local production of medicines, technology transfer and improving access to health.
Ssekand assured the Ambassador of Kampala’ plans of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Havana as soon as the necessary consultation are finalised.
Ambassador Luis said Cuba despite its difficult history and the current situation, it will continue collaborating with Uganda in supporting the country’s effort towards its social transformation.
He said that the leadership of the northern Caribbean sea state of Cuba look at Uganda as a friend indeed for its support towards pursuit of a peaceful solution and co-existence of the people of Cuba.