A delegation of leading figures from the Italian aviation industry have paid a courtesy visit to the Commander of the UPDF Special Forces, Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba to discuss matters of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The meeting between officials from the two countries was held at the Special Forces Command headquarters in Entebbe on Friday afternoon.
Led by the Italian Deputy Ambassador to Uganda, Miss Serena Muroni, the delegation was composed of officials from the Italian Ministry of Defense and from an aerospace company Alenia Aermacchi, which is a subsidiary of the giant Italian firm Finmeccanica.
Blackshape, another Italian aerospace company, was also in attendance.
Alenia Aermacchi is one of the world’s leading players in the design, development and manufacture of commercial and military aircraft and other unmanned aircraft systems.
Brig. Muhoozi said he was pleased about the growing co-operation between Uganda and Italy in matters of mutual concern, including defense and security.
“We have a lot to learn as the military from Western countries like Italy, the Italians for example have a lot of experience and expertise in aviation. I’m glad this relationship is blossoming. It has been long overdue and we thank the Italian government for embracing this effort.” said Brig. Muhoozi.
He added that, “Italy as a founding member of NATO has a lot it can teach us and learn from us as well.”
The Deputy Commander of the UPDF Air force, Col. Charles Lutaaya, and the Air force Chief of Staff, Col. James Birungi, also attended the meeting.
The Ugandan and Italian senior officials agreed to find ways of establishing mutual co-operation in areas such as joint training and sharing of knowledge in the latest innovations in aviation and Special Forces doctrine, techniques and procedures.