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Tanzania’s President Samia in Uganda to Strengthen ties

By Melanie Aanyu,

President Samia Suluhu has arrived in Uganda for a two-day official visit at the invitation of President Museveni.

Invited by her Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, she was received at Entebbe International Airport by Third Deputy Prime Minister Rukia Nakadama and State Minister for International Cooperation Henry Okello Oryem.

According to Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and State House Tanzania, Samia’s visit aims at strengthening bilateral ties and economic cooperation.

“The visit is meant to strengthen relations and socio-economic cooperation,” the Tanzania presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

Presidents Museveni and Samia are to discuss business commitments that the two countries have already entered into together, such as fast-tracking the implementation of infrastructural development in the areas of energy, water and road transportation, and the Standard Gauge Railway with the capacity to employ up to 30,000 persons.

Other talks will revolve around the construction of the gas pipeline from Tanzania to Uganda.

President Samia is also scheduled to address business executives, policy makers, the private sector and other high-level government officials at a Business Dialogue with the view of abolishing tariff and non-tariff barriers that frustrate the flow of business and employment opportunities in the two countries.