At the invitation of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, paid a three-day State Visit to the Republic of Uganda from 9th to 11th November, 2017. His Excellency President John Pombe Magufuli was received at Mutukula border with full ceremonial honours by his host His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni. His Excellency President John Pombe Magufuli was accompanied by the First Lady Janeth Magufuli, Ministers and other Senior Officials of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The two Heads of State launched the Mutukula One Stop Border Post, a modern facility that will ease movement of persons and goods across the common border, contribute towards strengthening East African Community integration and boost trade.
Pursuant to the commitment by their Excellencies to the implementation of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project, they laid a Cross-Border Mark Stone at Luzinga Village, Kyotera District where the pipeline will cross the two countries, and thereafter they addressed a rally at Kyotera District Headquarters grounds.
In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the two Heads of State held Official Talks at Masaka State Lodge on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues. Their Excellencies also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Cooperation between Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation and Uganda Broadcasting Corporation as well as an MOU between the Uganda Police Force and the Tanzania Police Force on Security Matters.
Their Excellencies noted with satisfaction the existing bonds of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries and reiterated their commitment to strengthen them further. In this regard, they reviewed the areas of cooperation particularly in the sectors of energy, transport, trade, tourism and investment as well as cross-border matters.
The Heads of State noted the progress made in implementation of the decisions made during the State Visit by H.E. President Museveni to the United Republic of Tanzania in February 2017; the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) held in April 2017 in Arusha and the Ministerial meeting on cross-border issues held in July 2017 in Bukoba. Their Excellencies directed their respective Ministers to expeditiously implement decisions agreed upon as well as conclude and operationalize the various pending Memoranda of Understanding and other bilateral frameworks, before the next JPC to be hosted by Uganda.
On the East African Crude Oil Pipeline to be developed from Hoima to Tanga, their Excellencies noted that the Inter-Governmental Agreement had been ratified by both countries, and that the Front End Engineering Design Study had been completed. In this connection, they directed their respective Ministers to complete the remaining processes so that construction of the pipeline begins in 2018 and is expedited with a view to completion before the projected 2020 time frame.
Their Excellencies also discussed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries on oil exploration in the United Republic of Tanzania and directed their respective Ministers and the Technical Teams to continue the exploration work being undertaken.
The Heads of State exchanged views on the proposal to develop a gas pipeline between Tanzania and Uganda and directed their respective Ministers to undertake the necessary preparatory work.
Regarding cross-border energy projects, the Heads of State took note of the commencement of works on the Kikagati/Murongo Hydro Power project. They directed the respective Ministers to ensure that the project is completed on time.
The Heads of State further directed that implementation of the Nangoma cross-border electrification project and the Nsongezi Hydro Power 35 MW project, be expedited to ease power problems and improve livelihoods of the citizens.
On the transport sector, their Excellencies recalled that the two countries signed an MOU on Improving Ports, Inland Waterways and Railway services in July 2017 and directed the respective Ministers to fast track its implementation. They also directed that the new regional projects namely Kasulo – Kiake – Masaka road and Omukakorongo – Mugati – Mbarara be prioritized to ease access to the port of Dar-es-Salaam.
With regard to cross-border matters, the Heads of State directed the respective Ministers to expedite the joint verification exercise to establish validity of citizenship claims after the border reaffirmation exercise of 2003. They further directed that the boundary reaffirmation exercise should be undertaken and completed as agreed upon.
On the Economic Partnership Agreement between the East African Community and the European Union, the two Heads of State noted that as mandated by the EAC Summit, His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni led an EAC delegation and met the President of the European Union (EU) Commission in September 2017. A response to the issues raised is being awaited from the EU.
Their Excellencies exchanged views on the ongoing Inter-Burundi dialogue and reiterated their call to all parties to take part in an all-inclusive dialogue in order to find a durable solution to the crisis in Burundi. His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli commended the efforts being made by His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in his capacity as Mediator and the Facilitator H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, aimed at resolving the crisis in Burundi.
His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni expressed his profound gratitude to His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli for honoring his invitation and for the fruitful discussions they held.
His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, on his part, expressed profound gratitude and appreciation to His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Government and People of the Republic of Uganda for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during the visit.
His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli expressed his appreciation to His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Government and people of Uganda for the assistance rendered following the tragic bus accident that occurred on September 18th 2017 in which 13 Tanzanians lost their lives and 6 others injured.
His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli extended an invitation to His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to pay a State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania. The invitation was gladly accepted and the dates will be agreed upon through diplomatic channels.