Indian Vice President hails Uganda on women representation

The Indian Vice President, H.E. Hamid Ansari, has praised the Government of Uganda for promoting women emancipation in the political arena.

Ansari made the remarks while meeting the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Thursday, 23 February 2017.

Ansari said that India has lessons to pick from Uganda's parliamentary system of having women represented in the House and other positions of politics.

"You have a lesson to teach us. The percentage of women in our parliament is below what we would like to have," he said, adding "We would like to know how you did it here".

The Indian Vice President also hailed the strong relationship between Uganda and India that has been on for a long time and urged the two countries to further enhance relations.

"Our association with Uganda and Africa goes back a long way. We need to work on efforts to reconnect for the future," he added.

He also expressed satisfaction with the strong Indian-Ugandan community that is playing a positive role in all sectors of Uganda.

Kadaga informed Ansari that Uganda provided for women representation in the Constitution hence the big number of women leaders.

"Women issues are a constitutional arrangement. When we reviewed our Constitution, we took into consideration women representation starting with the districts," she said.

Kadaga expressed concern on the absence of Ugandans in areas of research and technological advancement and urged the Indian government to offer support.

"We need you to support us create capacity in these two areas. We want to see Africans become innovators," she said.

The Speaker also hailed the contribution of the Indian community in Uganda's socio-economic development.

"The Indian Community is very instrumental in promoting trade and investment in this country," she added.

The two leaders agreed on cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries saying that it is important for exchange of ideas.

They also said there is need to explore the idea of training of Ugandans at the Indian Academy of Diplomacy.

Source: Parliament of Uganda