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JOINT COMMUNIQUE BETWEEN THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA AND THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE STATE VISIT TO THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA BY HIS EXCELLENCY YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

Tuesday, 28th February 2017
H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda is welcomed by H.E Dr.John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania

His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda paid a two-day State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania from 25th to 26th February, 2017. His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was accompanied by Ministers and other Senior Officials of the Government of the Republic of Uganda. 

The two Heads of State held Official Talks in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, during which they had a fruitful exchange of views on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues. Their Excellencies also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Diplomatic and Political Consultation between the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda.

On cooperation in the Energy Sector, the two Heads of State noted with appreciation the initiative taken by the two Governments to start implementation of the Kikagati - Murongo Power Generation Project on the Kagera River. The completion of this project is expected to ease power problems along the border communities of both sides of the shared river. 

On cooperation in the Trade Sector, the two Heads of State noted the need to boost bilateral trade and directed the responsible Ministries to continue taking measures to further promote trade between the two countries as one core priority of the bilateral relations. In this regard, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni visited two factories under the Bakhresa Group of Companies, and commended the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania's efforts in creating a conducive environment for industries to flourish.

On the Hoima - Tanga Crude Oil Pipeline, the two Heads of State agreed on the need to immediately start the implementation of the project. His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni welcomed the concessions offered by the United Republic of Tanzania to ensure the success of the project which he said will greatly improve the economies of the two countries. The two Heads of State agreed to launch this project in the near future.

On the Economic Partnership Agreement  between the East African Community and the European Union, the two Heads of State agreed on the need for the East African Community Partner States to move together as a bloc. To this effect, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni welcomed the offer by His Excellency Dr.John Pombe Joseph Magufuli to send a delegation of experts to the Republic of Uganda in March for further discussions with their Ugandan counterparts.

The two Heads of State directed their responsible Ministers to revive and convene the meeting of the Joint Permanent Commission in March, 2017 in order to discuss all the areas of cooperation between the two countries.

With regard to the ongoing Burundi Dialogue, their Excellencies took note of the progress made so far and called upon all parties to take part in all-inclusive dialogue. His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli expressed his satisfaction and applauded the efforts being made by the Mediator His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Facilitator H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania to resolve the crisis in Burundi.

At the conclusion of the State visit, the two Heads of State reiterated their shared desire and the commitment of both Governments to maintain and further strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two brotherly countries. His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli expressed his profound gratitude and appreciation to His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for honoring his invitation and for the fruitful discussions they held. His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on his part, expressed profound gratitude and appreciation to His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during the visit. His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni extended an invitation to His Excellency President Dr.John Pombe Joseph Magufuli to pay a State Visit to the Republic of Uganda at a date that will be agreed upon through diplomatic channels.

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