The Ugandan government is keen on forging cooperation with Malaysian state of Perak in various fields, such as education and businesses.
Uganda's Second Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ally Muwabe Kirunda Kivejinja said the cooperation could, among others, help create bilateral trade between Uganda and Perak.
Kivejinja, who is also Uganda's East African Community Affairs minister, noted that the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sultan Azlan Shah University (USAS) to place five Ugandan students at the university here.
"I'm here with the Uganda delegation and Uganda's High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur (Dorothy Samali Hyuha) to attend this WCIT (World Conference on Islamic Thought & Civilization) as well as to boost relations with Malaysia and other countries.
"Today we had the opportunity to meet with the Perak Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DPPM) and discuss cooperation between Uganda and Perak," he told reporters on the sidelines of the 5th WCIT 2018, in Ipoh, the state capital of Perak, on Wednesday.
Also present were DPPM Perak President Datuk Muhammad Muhiyuddin Abdullah and Uganda's High Commissioner Dorothy Samali.
Kivejinja said the meeting was very successful with DPPM Perak agreeing to visit Uganda this September for further discussion on the cooperation that would be established.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Muhiyuddin said this was the first time DPMM Perak was forging cooperation with an African country after taking similar initiatives with other countries in the region.
"Besides education and commerce, we can also explore opportunities in, among others, tourism and agriculture," he said.
Source: International Islamic News Agency