At the end of last month Uganda and North Korea signed an agreement to strengthen bilateral, economic and defence ties during a visit to Uganda by North Korean officials.
President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Yong Nam, spent four days in Uganda.
“Our North Korea friends helped us in a number of areas. The first tank force in Uganda was helped by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It trained our first group of army personnel in this field,” said Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
Museveni said Uganda has been working with the DPRK for a long time saying the country has been part of the anti-colonial movement. He thanked North Korea for facilitating its pilots to train their Ugandan counterparts.
Yong Nam, North Korea’s figurehead president, said that his main aim for visiting Uganda is to strengthen further and develop the bilateral relations between Uganda and the DPRK.
The new cooperation deal inks the continuation of the training of the Ugandan army by North Korea, but also establishes a joint consultative committee to promote bilateral relations. Both countries would like to improve their economic relations with investment by North Korea in Uganda’s infrastructure, tourism and oil and gas sectors.
Kim last visited Uganda in 2008, as part of an Africa tour including Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia.