Algeria will provide Uganda with oil expertise in terms of increasing the number of scholarships in petroleum studies to Ugandan students and sending experts to Uganda, Presidential Press Secretary Linda Nabusayi said.
She said that President Museveni, who is on a four day state visit in Algeria welcomed the Algeria’s help.
Nabusayi said that the team of experts from Algeria will work with the Ministry of Energy on various aspects of oil refinery and oil pipeline construction.
She said that Museveni revealed the agreement yesterday shortly after touring the Sidi Rzine, Sonatrach Refineries in the Capital Algiers, the largest Algerian and African company and the 11th largest oil consortium in the world.
“Sonatrach Refineries is an Algerian government-owned company formed to exploit the hydrocarbon resources of the country. Its diversified activities cover all aspects of production: exploration, extraction, transport, and refining,” she said.
State House reported that while in a bilateral meeting, Museveni and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, president of Algeria agreed on new cooperative opportunities in areas such as education, vocational training, defense and security and in the oil and gas sector.
The two leaders also discussed ways of enhancing trade between the two countries which Museveni said was the most important factor for economic prosperity of both countries.