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Uganda, Tanzania To Hold Second Ministerial Summit Amid ‘Trade Issues’

Uganda and neighboring Tanzania are set to hold the second Uganda-Tanzania Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) Ministerial meeting.

The meeting will take place at Speke Resort Munyonyo from 21 – 23 August 2018.  The JPC is an effective platform for enhancing and consolidating bilateral cooperation frameworks between the two countries.

It is being held at a time when Uganda and Tanzania have recently stepped up bilateral cooperation in a number of sectors.

The 1st Tanzania-Uganda JPC was held on April 3-5, 2017 in Arusha during which the two countries agreed on a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and other cooperation frameworks.  The key bilateral issues for consideration during the visit will include cooperation in the Transport sector, Power Projects and Uganda-Tanzania cross border trade issues among others. It will be an opportunity for both countries to consider establishment of new areas of cooperation.

The JPC Ministerial meeting will be preceded by a Senior Officials Session on Tuesday 21st August 2018 followed by a Permanent Secretaries’ Session on 22nd August 2018. A Joint Business Forum being organized in partnership with Trade Mark East Africa will take place on 22nd August 2018.  It will bring together companies and business people from both Tanzania and Uganda consisting of manufacturers, importers, exporters, clearing agents and transporters to discuss opportunities for trade between the two countries, and identify challenges that need to be resolved.

The convening of this 2nd JPC and the Business Forum affirms the excellent bilateral relations that have always existed between Tanzania and Uganda.

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