Uganda has today signed a defence cooperation agreement with the Czech Republic aimed at establishing and enhancing bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries.
Hon. Col (Rtd) Charles Engola the outgoing State Minister of Defence in Charge of General Duties and his counterpart Dr. Tomas Kopecny the Czech Republic Deputy Minister for Defence Industrial Cooperation signed the memorandum of understanding for their respective countries at the Ministry’s headquarters in Mbuya.
Hon. Engola said that the signing of the MoU cements the cordial relationship that Uganda and Czech Republic enjoy.
Hon Engola added that this follows prior engagements between the two countries in 2016 when he led a delegation of Senior UPDF Officers to Prague to participate in the Future Forces Forum seminar where they had fruitful discussions in the areas of defence cooperation and other business ventures which the two countries could engage in.
In his remarks, Dr. Tomas Kopecny the Deputy Minister for Defence Industrial Cooperation said Czech Republic cherishes the partnership with Uganda and this partnership has grown over the years which required to be cemented with a tangible document and framework for cooperation.
Dr. Kopecny added that the cooperation will involve exchange of information, technologies and partnership to strengthen the UPDF through finding new partnerships given the history of the two countries.
He said that UPDF is a cornerstone for regional stability and they seek to be part of that story through peace making activities which Uganda is praised for.
The signing of the MoU was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Ms Rosette Byengoma and the Honorary Consul of Czech Republic to Uganda, Stephen M. Kaboyo. (By UPDF)