The Knesset and the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of parliamentary collaboration.
The Knesset has recently signed similar agreements with the parliaments of Kenya, Ethiopia, Romania and Albania.
In a letter to the Ugandan parliament, Knesset Director-General Plot said ”I am convinced that the memorandum of understanding will promote cooperation between the parliaments and countries. It is an honor to present to you the document with the signature of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, in the hope that it will serve as a cornerstone for joint projects in the future.”
Plot formally invited the Ugandan parliament speaker to visit Israel and the Knesset.
The agreement, which was signed by Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Ugandan Parliament Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, aims to ”strengthen and develop the existing friendly relations” between the Knesset and the Ugandan Parliament, while recognizing the ”mutual benefit that can be drawn from this cooperation in strengthening democratic governance and rule of law.”
According to the agreement, the sides realize that strengthening parliamentary interaction in bilateral and multilateral areas enhances mutual trust and understanding while ”expanding consensus and promoting cooperation.”
The agreement ”confirms the importance of parliamentary diplomacy both as an appropriate means of promoting the exchange of experiences and opinions and coordinating activities.” Parliamentary diplomacy, the memorandum states, is also a ”valuable vehicle for interaction and constructive dialogue between the representatives of the two parliaments,” and it is ”all the more important in this era of globalization and technological development.”
The declared objective of the pact between the Israeli and Ugandan legislatures is to ”establish a framework for parliamentary cooperation within which the parties work together towards a more comprehensive, equal and mutually beneficial strategic partnership for sustainable development.”
According to the agreement, the parties will work to promote social cohesion, solidarity and the ”broadest participation of their people in the creation of prosperity.” The parties also agreed to promote the ”sensitization of their people to fight terrorism and extremism” and condemn state-sponsored terrorism.”
According to the agreement, the Israeli and Ugandan parliaments will ”share experience and exchange capacity building schemes in conducting their respective roles as legislative organs – such as the adoption of bills.” The sides will also share their experience in order to advance gender equality, the empowerment of women and the participation of women in the political, economic, cultural and social arenas. The pact calls on both parliaments to also work towards reducing maternal mortality and improving maternal and reproductive health.
The ”Joint Undertakings” clause states that the sides will work together to ”contribute to effective financial and economic world governance structures” as well as to facilitate social responsibility, food security, sustainable economic development, education, energy, security and environmental excellence.”
The parliaments will collaborate in regional and international inter-parliamentary fora ”with a view to propound the best interest of both parties.” The pact further states that the sides will ”promote cooperation in technological innovation, science and information communication technology and work together in developing e-Parliament.”