UGANDA: Parliament Set to Host OIC Speaker’s Conference

Speaker Kadaga (R) addresses the media alongside the Kawempe North MP, Latif Ssebaggala. /Parliament of Uganda
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AT Team

Kampala – Parliament of Uganda will this week host the 42nd Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC, OIC) Executive Meeting, Africa Tembelea has learnt.

The Kampala Meet will among others discuss cooperation among countries, human rights, and support to education and health facilities

Addressing the media, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga said that the conference which runs from 01 to 02 October 2019 will discuss the report of the PUIC Secretary General.

“The conference will also follow up the Rabat Declaration adopted by the 14th PUIC Conference and following up the report of the 3rd Extraordinary Meeting of the PUIC Executive Committee,” Kadaga said.

The Rabat declaration that was reached at in Morocco, aimed at emphasizing the cooperation of OIC member states, to ensure that they stick to the core values of the foundation that embrace unity in diversity in regards to PUIC.

The Kawempe North MP, Latif Ssebaggala said that Uganda has benefited from the OIC in many ways.

“By being member of the OIC, we as a country benefit a lot in terms of having more educational centres like the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), support to the heart institute and health facilities in Kayunga and Yumbe, as well as interest-free loans,” said Ssebaggala.

The two-day conference will attract over 40 speakers, deputy speakers and Members of Parliament from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia and Mauritius. The others are from Morocco, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC, PUOICM) that was established in Iran on 17 June 1999, with its head office in Tehran is composed of Parliaments of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.

During their previous meeting in March at the 14th Session of the PUIC Conference in Rabat, Morocco, Speakers of Parliaments, heads and members of delegations reiterated their commitment to the fundamental principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other states, resolution of conflicts through peaceful means and dialogue.

According to the declaration, the Speakers also re-asserted their determination to continue efficient contribution to the improvement of the work of the United Nation (UN) and its specialized agencies, particularly in domains as concern the establishment of world peace and regional security and observance of human rights.

“We stress the vital importance of democracy, State of institutions, and the respect and safeguard of human rights in the advancement of societies, their development, and their stability,” further reads the declaration.

This they say is because these constitute an ultimate universal goal, a social requirement, and an objective to be achieved through accumulated experience, reforms, involvement of different groups and components of societies in political life, and through ensuring an enhanced and effective political participation of women and youth.

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