In Dar es Salaam
Uganda’s booming relations with Tanzania have improved the ease of doing business and increased cross border movements of people, a high ranking official said Wednesday night.
Uganda’s Ambassador to Tanzania Mr Richard Kabonero said the recent Joint Permanent Commission and business summit held in Kampala recently strengthened bilateral and trade ties of the two neighbours.
“A number of critical agreements covering trade, railways etc have been signed between Uganda and Tanzania,” said Mr Kabonero, adding, the agreements have “significantly reduced the cost of doing business.”
Mr Kabonero spoke today at celebrations to mark Uganda’s Independence Day in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The colorful function saw guests treated to thrilling cultural music and dance.
Tanzania Communications Minister Harrison Mwakyembe praised Uganda’s relations with Tanzania which he said “continue to grow from strength to strength” as evidenced by landmark bilateral trade agreements signed recently.
“The Independence of Uganda means a lot to the people of Tanzania … with whom we share strong historical linkages,” said Mr Mwakyembe.
President Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli recently said it was high time the two countries invested more in improving and facilitating trade activities to stimulate development.
The two countries have since moved fast to boost trade and investments in various sectors including energy, infrastructure, oil and gas.
Tanzania recently launched a train cargo service to Uganda through Lake Victoria ports of Mwanza and Port Bell in Uganda.
The train connects the ports of Dar es Salaam to Uganda through Tabora and Isaka in western Tanzania, then Mwanza port by ships.
Mr Mwakyembe said infrastructural developments in Tanzania such as the construction of the railway line are partly aimed at boosting connectivity with Uganda.
He further hailed Museveni for launching the Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre at a colourful ceremony held in the University Main Hall on October 6.
The Purpose of the centre is to develop a lasting legacy for learning and leadership development in Uganda and on the African continent, through all legal means of dissemination of knowledge, including but not limited to public debates, research, documents and training.
The Centre, launched in partnership with the Uganda Management Institute (UMI) will also promote a community of academic expertise and youth engagement in governance and leadership in Africa.
Mr Mwakyembe said Museveni’s gesture was appreciated as the centre would inspire a new crop of leaders to emulate Nyerere.
Ugandan radio personality Marcus Kwikiriza was Master of Ceremonies at the event graced by Diplomats, businessmen, army officers and Ugandans living in Tanzania.