The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic met today with Ugandan Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, currently in official visit to Serbia. The officials stressed that the two parliaments are opening a new chapter in the history of relations between Serbia and Uganda, grounded in historic ties.
Gojkovic thanked the Ugandan Parliament Speaker for the hospitality during her visit to Uganda in February of this year when she also had the opportunity to meet with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who is a true friend to Serbia and who sent important words of support and reaffirmed Uganda’s stance on Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Gojkovic stressed that the bilateral relations between the two countries are traditionally good and grounded in friendship as evidenced by the fact that last year marked 55 years of diplomatic ties. The Serbian Assembly Speaker said that the two friendly countries share historic ties dating back to the time of Uganda’s independence and the rich cooperation in the Non-Aligned Movement which had its first conference here, at the National Assembly House.
Gojkovic said that Serbia is proud of the history of good relations which should be the starting point for today’s expansion of friendship and all-around cooperation and stressed that Uganda can consider Serbia its friend in the region.
Kadaga said that Uganda is eager to renew the good relations and friendship dating back to the times of former Yugoslavia and stressed how glad she was that the parliamentary delegation had the opportunity to visit Serbia and lend impulse to the development of overall cooperation.
Kadaga, who took part in the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union that ended last night in Belgrade with the adoption of the Belgrade Declaration, dedicated to strengthening international law and regional cooperation, said that the Ugandan parliamentarians felt the warm welcome of the Serbian people and congratulated on the excellent organization of the important gathering.
Gojkovic and Kadaga emphasized the importance of the Memorandum of Understanding signed during the Serbian Assembly Speaker’s visit to Kampala, which opened a new chapter of parliamentary relations, and emphasized the importance of cooperation at the level of working bodies, especially in the field of foreign affairs, agriculture, science, education and tourism. The Ugandan Parliament Speaker thanked the Serbian Assembly for forming a parliamentary friendship group with Uganda, adding that cooperation at the level of parliamentary friendship groups would go a long way to advance interparliamentary cooperation. The parliament speakers spoke about possible cooperation on gender equality-related issues and set a visit of the Women’s Parliamentary Group to Uganda.
Gojkovic and Kadaga urged Serbia and Uganda to develop business ties in view of the ample potential to do so and emphasized the importance of cooperation in the fields of agriculture, food industry, tourism and culture.
The Ugandan Parliament Speaker invited Serbian companies to visit Uganda and examine its investment potentials, stressing that it is important to utilize them and boost the volume of business transactions because Uganda needs investments and new job creation due to its constant population growth. Kadaga said that the Ugandan air company had restarted operation and she hopes for a speedy re-launch of direct flights between Serbia and Uganda which would greatly contribute to the connection between the two countries.
The meeting was attended by the Head of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Uganda Dragomir Karic, and MPs Dubravka Filipovski and Sandra Bozic.