To mark the 63rd anniversary of the launching of the Algerian Revolution of the 1st November 1954, the Ambassador Farid Boulahbel hosted a well-attended reception at his residence in Kampala.
Honorable Henry Oryem Okello, Minister of State for International Affairs graced with his presence, this event, as Guest of honour,
Honorable Monica Azuba Ntege, Minister of Works and Transport attended also this commemoration.
In his speech, Hon. Okello particularly laid emphasis on:
- Uganda and Algeria though many miles apart share many things in common. One such thing is Africa being central to our foreign policy. Algerian nationalists not only found support on the African continent in their struggle for independence, but they also sought to contribute to the decolonization of Africa and to free it from all forms of neocolonialism – this has continued to this day.
- Uganda salutes Algeria for its active involvement in African affairs playing various roles in development, mediation, peace and security and also an active role in the structures of the African Union.
- Algeria like Uganda has participated in the AU’s Panel of the Wise, and supported efforts to strengthen the African Standby Force, the AU’s enforcement arm intended for rapid intervention as well as peace support and humanitarian operations.
- It has also helped implement the AU Plan of Action on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism by the Center for Studies and Research on Terrorism, which aims to guide and coordinate counterterrorism across Africa.
- The bilateral relations between our two countries are close and have continued to grow from strength to strength.
- The two countries have exchanged several high level visits notably, the visit by His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in October 2015 and the recent visit by the Algerian Foreign Minister Hon. Abdelkader Messahel, who visited Uganda during the Solidarity Summit on Refugees in June this year.
- We are indeed grateful for Algeria’s solidarity with Uganda in dealing with the refugee situation and the generous pledge that was made at the Uganda Solidarity Summit.
- I wish to reiterate the importance of our Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC) and we look forward to holding the 2nd session to strengthen cooperation in the sectors of Trade and Investment, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Education, Security and Defense.
- Algeria continued support in training and technical cooperation that has directly benefited our young people but is building capacity for the country in human medicine, petroleum engineering, ICT, Life Sciences and other fields.
- We also welcome the continued support and collaboration between the Police Forces of both countries in training and technical cooperation in dealing with trans-national crime and counter terrorism.
- Uganda is ready to work with Algeria to expand cooperation in all areas because the potential is much greater than it is now.