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GRAND VISIT: Tshisekedi Jets in with 7 Ministers, 110 Officials

The Democratic Republic of Congo President, Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo is set to break the record to arrive in Uganda with seven senior Ministers, his wife and 110 officials.

Mr. Tshisekedi is today Saturday expected in the country for a two-day Uganda- DRC joint business forum ending this Sunday at Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe.

The DRC Embassy in Kampala on Friday forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the list of total 117 officials accompanying their president.

“The Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kampala presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Uganda and has the honor, to forward the list of the Delegation of the DRC during the State visit of H.E Felix Tshisekedi in Uganda from 9th 10th November 2019,” said the Embassy.

The list includes two Deputy Prime Ministers; Celestin Tunda Kasende in charge of Justice; Gilbert Kankonde Malamba in charge of Internal Affairs; National Defense and Veterans Affairs Minister, Aime Ngoy Mukena; Foreign Affairs Minister, Marie Tumba Nzeza and International Cooperation, Regional Integration and Francophony Minister, Pepin Guillame Manjolo.

Other Ministers also accompanying Tshisekedi are: Jean Lucien Bussa Tongba of Foreign Trade and Jonathan Bialosuka Wata of Fisheries and Live Stock.

The Governor of eastern Ituri Province, neighboring Uganda, Jean Damanasia, his cabinet and business men and women are also in the delegation.

In Uganda, Tshisekedi will attend the Joint Business Forum which official say intends to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries and to share experiences; identify opportunities; create business networks; identify challenges and agree on an appropriate way forward.

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Official statistics show Uganda’s annual exports to DRC hit $177m, a figure Uganda believes is still low considering the vast market in eastern Congo.

Whereas Uganda exports lime and cement, iron and steel, cereals, vegetables and fruits, it imports oils, cosmetics, iron, gold and steel from DRC.

The revived Uganda Airlines is expected to boost transport hence facilitating bilateral trade between the two countries.

Uganda last year obtained loans from the World Bank to construct three modern markets across the border with DRC.

Ugandan health specialists have been working with their DRC counterparts to counter Ebola disease that has wreaked havoc in Eastern DRC.

However, the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) threat remains.

DRC forces last week announced a major military onslaught to annihilate the rebels living near the Ugandan border.

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