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Sri Lanka is Uganda's Valuable Friend

Thursday, 5th July 2018
President Museveni has hailed the warm relations which exist between Uganda and Sri Lanka. The President made these remarks last week, while receiving the Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Tilak Marapana, who called on him in State House, Entebbe. 

The President underlined the importance of friendship as Uganda shifts into high gear in its struggle to become a middle-income country within the decade. In this drive, the President appreciated that Sri Lanka had assisted his country by increasing her energy mix through the construction of hydro-power dams providing a total of 100 megawatts of electricity. Apart from the physical increase in available voltage however, Sri Lanka had built hydro-electric dams in many regions of the country- thus adding to the geographical spread of electric power in Uganda's rural areas.

In earlier meetings with the Prime Minister of Uganda, the Rt Hon Ruhakana Rugunda, Sri Lanka's contribution to training the Ugandan Police Force was much commended. New areas of collaboration in Police training were outlined during the Sri Lankan Minister's discussions with the Hon Jeje Odongo, Minister of Internal Affairs and the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Uganda's Police Force are entering into a new framework of collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka on Police training. They are also working on a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the past, existing and future collaboration between Uganda and Sri Lanka in the area of maintaining law and order.

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