Sierra Leone and Uganda sign MOU

Uganda and Sierra Leone have signed three Memoranda of Understanding on general cooperation framework, political consultations and the waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports.

Tuesday’s signing is part of the events associated with Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio’s three-day visit to Uganda. It’s Bio’s first visit since he became president last May.

“It was important for Uganda to identify key areas of specialization, business transactions and trade over which the two countries can work together, “Museveni said.

He further said it was essential to link West Africa to East Africa through infrastructural development with a view to boosting the economies of these regions through railway linkage and water transport.

President Maada Bio, on his part, said he was on a fact-finding mission in Uganda to learn more on how the East African country had been able to revive its economy despite its past challenges.

“We have had a similar past, had the same colonial masters, internal conflicts, Ebola and corruption. Our economy was completely ruined from war but because of our resilience and determination, we are a now a democratic country. Today we have had difficulty to convince the people that there is no war, no Ebola in the country. I am trying to fight this myself without PR,” he said.

The two leaders also urged the international community to support the efforts by the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to help the Somali Government. They also affirmed their continued support to working closely with the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and other inter-governmental bodies.