The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has held bilateral talks with the General Authority of the Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) in Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 28th September, 2023.
This was as a result of UMSC’s initiation through the Ambassador of Uganda to UAE H.E Zaake W. Kibedi, which resulted into an invitation extended to UMSC by the Authority.
The delegation from UMSC was led by the National Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhamadi Lubega, accompanied by the Secretary General. Hon. Hajji, Muhamad Ali Aluma, Dr. Sentongo Ashad and Mr. Abdul Salam Wamimbi. The team was warmly welcomed by the Chairman of the Authority H.E Dr. Muhammad Matar Salem Al-Kaabi and the Director General of the Authority Sheikh, Muhammad Saeed Al Neyadi, representatives from UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs among others.
‘’During the meeting held at the Headquarters of the UAE General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Abu-Dhabi, discussions were centered on possible areas of collaboration between the Government of UAE and UMSC. The National Chairperson highlighted the history, growth, and structure of the UMSC, and articulated the key pillars of the UMSC Strategic Plan 2023-2033. Various opportunities were discussed in the areas of social economic’’, said one of the officials who attended the meeting.
The team further discussed development, strengthening the financial health of the UMSC structures, improving education services, water, health and sanitation, dawah, capacity building of leadership, diversity, and inclusion, as guided by the Qur’an and Sunna.
The meeting resolved to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC.) to help cement this relationship and guide future support to a range of activities. This will include capacity building of Imams, facilitating health and educational services and infrastructure, exchange programs across several areas of work, structuring of Dawah and Awqaf through mosques and relevant UMSC departments, sharing expertise, and collaborating on development projects to benefit all the people of Uganda.
On behalf of the Mufti of Uganda, H.E Sheikh, Dr. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the National Chairman invited the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments to come to Uganda to acquaint themselves with UMSC management, structures, and operations in the service of the Muslims of Uganda.