Uganda to Prioritise Security, Technology Transfer at Africa-Russia Economic Forum in Moscow

President Yoweri Museveni is later this week expected to travel to Moscow to attend the Africa-Russia economic and humanitarian summit.

According the country’s foreign affairs ministry, Museveni will have private talks with counterpart Vladimir Putin mostly about security and technology exchange.

Uganda will be hoping to convince Russia to invest in the east African country’s agriculture using modern technology.

Uganda and Russia have enjoyed warm historical bilateral relations especially during the anti-colonial times.

The ministry also said Uganda’s interest will be in development of the oil industry, securing fertilizer access, and promoting trade and investment.

The summit comes after a section of African leaders visited Russia and called for end of hostilities with Ukraine through negotiations and diplomatic means.

A statement issued by State House, Entebbe in June said the team which included Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni’s special envoy Ruhakana Rugunda first met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

According to the statement, Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa who led the team said the conflict was affecting Africa negatively hence the need to end it.

“But we also take in cognizance of a number of other proposals that have been made by a number of other parties around the world and we do believe that this process for peace as much as it is complex, it requires that all viewpoints must be put on the table,” Ramaphosa said.

“This war must be settled and there should be peace through negotiations and diplomatic means, and we should advance towards that peace because all wars in the end do come to an end. And we believe that this war should be brought to an end as quickly as possible,”Ramaphosa added.

Leaders from seven African countries are in Kyiv on a mission aimed at brokering peace between Russia and Ukraine.

The other leaders who attended the meeting included Macky Sall, the President of Senegal; Azali Assoumani, President of Comoros; Hichilema Hakainde, the President of Zambia; Mostafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister of Egypt and a Special Envoy from Congo Brazzaville. 

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