William W. Popp, the United States Ambassador to Uganda, has paid a courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, on Monday.
The visit underscored the strong collaborative ties between the United States and the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
The diplomatic engagement commenced with Mayor Lukwago guiding Ambassador Popp through the intricacies of the Mayor’s Parlor, followed by a tour of the Council Chambers.
The discussions primarily revolved around the commendable efforts and initiatives supported by the United States in various sectors within Kampala.
One notable highlight of the partnership is the $1.6 million grant received by KCCA in 2020, representing the first year of a five-year collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The initiative aims to enhance health services in the Kampala City Metropolitan area, with a focus on improving access to HIV and TB services, addressing health challenges faced by the urban poor, and providing leadership in the health sector.
Since 2010, CDC has been supporting KCCA through the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) to implement comprehensive HIV and TB services.
The United States also supported KCCA to set up an air quality management program by building the capacity of its technical team. Some of the training includes air data visualization, and the application of air pollution data.
Ambassador Popp emphasized the importance of infrastructural development and collaboration in addressing climate change, advocating for green spaces, and enhancing public transport. He specifically highlighted the need for non-motorized spaces to reduce emissions and pollution, aligning with KCCA’s commitment to a green economy.
Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago expressed gratitude for the continuous support from the United States, acknowledging the pivotal role played by the CDC, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He outlined shared priorities such as infrastructure transformation, road development, public transport, and the city’s dedication to combating climate change through the promotion of green initiatives.
Doreen Nyanjura, Deputy Lord Mayor, extended appreciation for the U.S. support through programs like Twaweza, which focuses on inclusivity and support for people with disabilities.
She highlighted the positive impact of technical training received, specifically in air quality management, and expressed eagerness for further collaborations.
The visit concluded with a reaffirmation of the strong partnership between the United States and Kampala, show casing a shared commitment to addressing critical issues, promoting sustainable development, and improving the well-being of the city’s residents.