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Ease visa restrictions to Israel, Oulanyah tells Deputy Ambassador      

By Vision Reporter

Added 14th December 2018 01:11 PM

The Deputy Speaker made the call while meeting the Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Malawi Eyal David, whom he hosted at Parliament on Thursday.

Ease visa restrictions to Israel, Oulanyah tells Deputy Ambassador      

The Deputy Speaker made the call while meeting the Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Malawi Eyal David, whom he hosted at Parliament on Thursday.

 

Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah poses for a photo with Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Malawi, Eyal David. Photo/Courtesy 

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KAMPALA - The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has called on the Embassy of Israel based in Kenya, to ease visa restrictions on Ugandans seeking to travel to Israel for study and tourism purposes, among other things.

He hinted on the no-visa policy accorded to Malawi by Israel that followed former Malawi President Hastings Kamuzu Banda's directive not to cut ties with Israel despite international pressure at the time.

Oulanyah noted that many Ugandans are eager to go to Israel and thus making it easy for them to access the Holy Land would additionally promote Israel's tourism potential.

"Our visa conditions sometimes are difficult because one has to keep getting a visa before they go to Israel. We need a move from the embassy in Kenya for a reciprocal arrangement for Ugandans to make it to Israel," said Oulanyah.

The Deputy Speaker made the call while meeting the Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Malawi Eyal David, whom he hosted at Parliament on Thursday.

A release from his office stated that during the meeting which was attend by several MPs, Oulanyah reiterated appreciation of Israel's technological advancement in agricultural management, which he said Ugandan farmers could take advantage of learning, so as to improve on their farm yields even during dry seasons.

"You have pioneered and provided leadership in water use and water management. In Uganda, we have not yet mastered how to make the drought season and rainy season complement each other. Our farmers can learn how to perfect this through exchange visits," Oulanyah told the meeting.

He also complimented Israel's impressive growth indicators (GDP) which he noted as standing at US$350 billion, something he said Uganda can pick from to grow its current GDP that stands at US$ 25.8 billion.

"I spoke with a coordinator of the kibbutz agricultural system on my last visit to Israel and I interested him on teaching our people in Uganda how to set up such systems that can commercialise our agriculture," added Oulanyah.

The new Deputy Ambassador appreciated the good relations between Uganda and Israel noting that several Israeli non-governmental organizstions had set up base to serve in different regions of the country.

"I had a meeting with the Health Minister to discuss one of our flagship projects based in Kiboga, where we opened a diabetes clinic. We are collaborating with the ministry to spread the initiative all-over Uganda," Eyal told the meeting.

Eyal also reminisced Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu's 2016 visit to Uganda, which he says affirmed the two countries' ties in many aspects, particularly agriculture where over 220 students are sent annually to Israel, to get apprenticeship and training.

Legislators at the meeting included: the leader of the Opposition in Parliament Betty Aol Ocan, Francis Gonahasa (FDC, Kabweri County), Anne Mary Tumwine (NRM, Ntoroko County),Everlyn Chemutai (NRM, Bukwo) and Denis Obua (NRM, Ajuri County).

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