Tanzania President Samia Suluhu in first state visit to Uganda

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan first state visit to Uganda. Source: Uganda's President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassa is currently on a one day state visit in Uganda.

This is President Suluhu’s first official state visit.

The Tanzanian head of state and her Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni are expected to visit the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), where the Tripartite Project Agreement will be concluded.

The two President’s are set to launch the $3.55 billion project, the longest electrically heated pipeline in the world.

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan first state visit to Uganda.
Source: Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

“The says the signing of East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) is a historic and an important occasion not only for the nations of Uganda and Tanzania but for the entire East African Community,” Samia Suluhu Hassan said.

Adding that the project will have an impact on the social-economic development of the East African community. As It will provide long and short-term employment opportunities to various citizens.

While President Museveni said, “the Crude Oil pipeline project can be a core of other similar pipeline operations in the region.”

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan first state visit to Uganda.
Source: Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Construction of the 1,445 kilometer oil pipeline from the oil wells in Hoima, western Uganda to Tanzania’s Indian Ocean Port of Tanga is scheduled to start soon, with operations expected to start in 2025.

Uganda suspended the launch of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project on March 25 to mourn the death of Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.

The late Magufuli was due in Kampala on March 22 for the three-way signing of the crude oil export pipeline deal between the governments of Uganda and Tanzania and French oil giant Total, as the lead investor.