The President of Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan arrived in Kampala today morning for a two-day State visit that will end on May 11.
President Yoweri Museveni invited her.
According to the foreign affairs ministry, the visit is meant to further strengthen the excellent historical and fraternal relations between Uganda and Tanzania.
The presidents will hold a tète a tète to review areas of cooperation for the benefit of the two sisterly countries.
President Suluhu will also address business executives, policymakers, the private sector and other high-level government officials at a business dialogue with the view of abolishing tariff and nontariff barriers
that frustrate the flow of business and employment opportunities of populations of the two countries.
The dialogue will among other things address job creation, boost bilateral trade in goods and services, enhance Foreign Direct Investments and promote tourism.
Other objectives of the business dialogue include;
i) Strengthening the trade relationship and linkages between Uganda and Tanzania through high-level public-private sector dialogue for economic growth and job creation for the youth.
ii) Leveraging the dialogue to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade that affect job creation for the countries’ youths.
iii) Creating a business-to-business dialogue and partnerships between Ugandan and Tanzania Business Actors.
Business commitments between Uganda and Tanzania include:
1) Fast-tracking the implementation of Infrastructural developments in the areas of energy, water & road transportation and the Standard Gauge Railway with the capacity to employ up to 30,000 persons.
2)Exploiting the pathogenic economy through the joint establishment of pharmaceutical companies to produce vaccines and veterinary drugs to help communities that keep livestock. This is expected to create at least 3000 direct jobs and 10000 indirect jobs in the value chain.
3) Constructing of the gas pipeline from Tanzania to Uganda.