The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is expected in Tanzania today for a two-day state visit. The visit is expected to explore various potential areas of bilateral economic partnership between the two East African nations.
According to the report by Daily News, President Museveni is scheduled to hold talks with Tanzanian President John Magufuli to discuss the East Africa Common Market, the partnership project on the 1,443 kilometer crude oil pipeline that connects Hoima Uganda and the Tanzanian port of Tanga. The Ugandan leader will also seek improved cargo clearance at the Dar es Salaam Port in Tanzania.
The plane carrying the Ugandan President is expected to land at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) at around 9:00a.m.
“The president and his delegation, on the first day of the visit to the country, will take a short breather after leaving the JNIA at Dar es Salaam’s Serena Hotel before heading for the State House where Mr Museveni will be received by Dr Magufuli for a closed door meeting,’’ said Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr Augustine Mahiga Addressing a news conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday
President Magufuli will hold a State Banquet for Mr Museveni after a meeting their talks attended by top leaders from both countries.
On Sunday Mr. Museveni is scheduled to visit various areas including factories owned by Bakhresa Group, one of Tanzania’s largest conglomerates with investment in Uganda and Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA).
“Uganda has for a long time been using the Mombasa Port in Kenya where 99 per cent of its cargo is cleared and the remaining one per cent at the Dar es Salaam Port,’’ said the Tanzanian FM, further explaining that the delayed clearance at the Dar es Salaam Port was the main cause of the discrepancy
Dr Mahiga added that the current improved services at TPA were likely to reverse the decision by Uganda to capitalize on the Mombasa Port and instead opt for the Dar es Salaam Port after the Ugandan President’s tour of the port this Sunday.