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HUNGARY GRANTS 16 MILLION EUROS TO STRENGTHEN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION WITH UGANDA

Wednesday, 13th March 2019
Hon. Szijjart and Hon. Kutesa at the Press Conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters, Kampala
In a bid to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Uganda and Hungary, the Government of Hungary has pledged a Grant of 16 million Euros to the Government of the Republic of Uganda. This was announced at a joint press briefing, held on 12th March 2019, by Hon. Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda and Hon. Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.

This grant will finance development projects focusing in areas of Information & Technology advancement, enhancement of cyber security, humanitarian support for refugees to mention but a few. The specific projects to be implemented include the construction of a cyber security lab to detect all cyber-attacks against Uganda, construction of biometric facility centre, provision of clean water to refugees and digital platform for promoting tourism in the country. Also included is investment in the fisheries sector under the donation.

Hon. Kutesa, conveyed a message of gratitude on behalf of the Government of Uganda reiterating that the grant was indeed a true manifestation of the excellent cordial relations that exist between Uganda and Hungary. He further noted that this will aid in capacity building and promotion of technological advancement in priority areas of Cooperation.

Hon. Szijjart, reaffirmed the commitment and goodwill of the Government and People of Hungary emphasizing that Uganda is one of its key partners in development cooperation. He further mentioned that an addition of 1 million Euros will be advanced in line with promotion of the implementation of these identified projects. This additional funding is a collaborated effort in partnership with the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ).

This working visit of the Foreign Minister follows the recently concluded official visit of Rt. Hon. Laszlo Kover, Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary who visited Uganda at the invitation of Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Republic of Uganda from 29th February 2019 to 2nd March 2019.  Some of the notable fruitful engagements that took place during this visit and provided opportunities for further cooperation were meetings with H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister of the Republic Uganda.

Source: Public Diplomacy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kampala

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