Tayebwa commends Italy’s significant contribution to Uganda’s socio-economic transformation

Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa and Italian ambassador

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, has praised Italy’s significant contribution to Uganda’s socio-economic transformation, describing it as a “shining example” of international cooperation.

Speaking at the 78th Italian National Day at the Ambassador’s residence in Kampala, Tayebwa who was the Guest of Honor, acknowledged Italy’s support in various sectors, including health, education, agriculture, and infrastructure development.

“Italy’s support has been instrumental in strengthening our health systems, improving access to healthcare services, and supporting our response to the refugee crisis,” Tayebwa said. “We are grateful for Italy’s commitment to our economic growth, particularly in trade, investment, and industrial development. The Italian government’s cancellation of our debt of $115 million has greatly alleviated our financial burden and enabled us to channel resources towards other development priorities.”

Tayebwa highlighted specific projects funded by Italy, including the construction of medical staff houses, support for maternal and child healthcare, and provision of clean water and sanitation facilities.

He also acknowledged Italy’s contribution to Uganda’s education sector, including the construction of schools and training of teachers.

Uganda and Italy have a significant trade relationship, with Uganda primarily exporting coffee, fish, and cocoa to Italy, and importing machinery and pharmaceuticals from Italy.

In 2022, Uganda’s exports to Italy were valued at $265 million, while Italy’s exports to Uganda were valued at around $57 million.

The Italian Ambassador to Uganda, Mauro Massoni, announced that Uganda has been included among Italy’s priority countries for development cooperation, with focus areas including coffee, health, agro-economic sector, and business.

He reiterated Italy’s commitment to supporting Uganda’s development agenda.

“We are dedicated to promoting sustainable development, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law,” Ambassador Massoni said. “We commend Uganda for its refugee policy and regional stability efforts.”

The event featured a toast to the health and long life of President Museveni and the well-being and prosperity of the Ugandan people.

Ambassador Massoni hosted the event to celebrate Italy’s 78th National Day, marking the country’s transition from a monarchy to a republic in 1946. The event was attended by Ugandan government officials, including Ruth Nankabirwa, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda, Balaam Barugahara, the State Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, the Former Prime Minister, and Kampala Minister Minsa Kabanda, other diplomats, and members of the Italian community in Uganda.


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