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REMARKS BY THE PERMANENT SECRETARY AT THE MEETING ON TANZANIA UGANDA CROSS BORDER ISSUES, BUKOBA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA

Friday, 28th July 2017
Amb. Patrick Mugoya making remarks at the meeting on Tanzania Uganda cross border issues in Bukoba.

I would like to express my gratitude to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for hosting us in Bukoba as we meet to further deliberate on cross border issues affecting our two respective countries.

At the meeting of the Joint Permanent Commission that was held in Arusha, Tanzania, from 3 - 5 April 2017, it was decided that the meeting at the levels of Permanent Secretaries and Ministers be convened to consider the report of the experts meeting that was held here in Bukoba in April 2016. I trust that this meeting will ably consider this report and make appropriate recommendations to our Ministers.

As you are aware, these cross border meetings are a result of a directive of our leaders to set up a Joint Technical Commission to discuss the issues affecting the people leaving along the common border.  These issues include but are not limited to the effects of the border reaffirmation, water and livestock and energy.

Cross border cooperation between the two neighboring countries is something that is imperative. I wish to give the example of electrification, which as you know, has been discussed at the highest level between our two Heads of State. During the State visit of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to the United Republic of Tanzania in February this year, my President raised this particular issue and requested his colleague President John Pombe Magufuli to consider providing electricity to Nyangoma Parish of Uganda. President Museveni repeated this request to the new Tanzanian High Commissioner to Uganda when she was presenting her credentials to the President last month. I am happy that the High Commissioner accepted the President's request to her to visit these areas when she undertook a familiarization tour two weeks ago. I am sure she now appreciates better the request of my President, and she will follow up to ensure its implementation.

As we begin our deliberations today, we need to keep at the back of our minds the cordial relations that exist between our two countries and our peoples. We also need to remind ourselves that cooperation between our two countries for the mutual benefit and development of Uganda and Tanzania is a matter has the full backing and support of our two respective Presidents. We the technical people have an obligation to ensure that whatever we do is not contrary to the aspirations of our leaders. We should, therefore, focus more on the issues that bring us closer other than focusing on the artificial borders that were forced on us by our colonial masters.
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