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Museveni Arrives in Tanzania Amid Trade Row

President Museveni has Thursday morning arrived in the Tanzania Capital, Dar es Salaam on a one-day working visit ahead of trade talks with his counterpart President John Pombe Magufuli at State House.

Museveni was received by President John Pombe Magufuli at the Julius Nyerere International Airport to state ceremonies including a silent guard and cultural performances.

The two leaders are expected to discuss various issues affecting trade relations between their countries and in the region, according to a statement issued by State House on Thursday.

It is expected that the two leaders will also discuss the 2nd Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) with Tanzania that will be hosted in Kampala from August 21-23, 2018 to review the implementation of decisions agreed upon in various sectors including the East African Crude Oil Pipeline and proposed gas pipeline from Tanzania to Uganda.

Some of the issues that affect Ugandan businessmen doing business in Tanzania are high tariffs.

Sugar Manufacturers in Uganda recently asked government through the Ministry of Trade to weigh in on the decision by authorities in Tanzania, to block a consignment of Sugar from Jinja from entering the neighboring country.

They accused Tanzania of violating provisions of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol, which allows free trade between member states.

The association chairman Jim Mwiine Kabeho said the Tanzanian Revenue Authority (TRA) was holding onto hundreds of tons of sugar from Uganda, from which they are trying to get a 25 percent duty before being allowed into the country.

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President Museveni is accompanied by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Anne Kyambadde and her delegation.

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