Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan has arrived in Uganda on the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni to undertake a two-day State visit to Uganda.

At the Entebbe International Airport, President Suluhu was received by a team of senior government officials led by third Deputy Prime Minister, Rukia Nakadama and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (International Affairs), Okello Oryem.

The purpose of the visit is to further strengthen the excellent historical and fraternal relations between the Republic of Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.

President Museveni and President Suluhu 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, Policy makers, the Private Sector and other high-level Government officials at a Business dialogue with the view of abolishing tariff and non tariff barriers that frustrate the flow of business and employment opportunities of populations of the two countries.

The Business Dialogue will among other things address Job creation, boost bilateral trade in goods and services, enhance Foreign Direct Investments and promote tourism.

The business dialogue seeks to strengthen 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.

The meeting will also be used to everage the dialogue to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade that affect job creation for the countries’ youths.

The dialogue will further create a business-to-business dialogue and partnerships between Ugandan and Tanzania Business Actors.

The two countries have in the past committed to fast-track the implementation of Infrastructural developments in the areas of energy, water and road transportation and the Standard Gauge Railway with the capacity to employ upto 30,000 persons.

They also committed to exploit 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.

In March while bidding farewell to Uganda’s former Ambassador to Tanzania, Richard Kabonero, President Suluhu hailed the bilateral cooperation between the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda.

She used the event to encourage Ugandan investors to invest in Tanzania in order to promote socio-economic transformation and development for both countries.

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam is a Ugandan Journalist with passion for current African affairs.

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