Museveni in Tanzania as sugar war rages

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President Museveni on Thursday arrived at Julius Nyerere International Airport where he was received by his counterpart John Pombe Magufuli
The two leaders are expected to discuss various issues affecting trade relations between their countries and in the region, according to a statement issued by State House on Thursday.

Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation said in a statement that the purpose of the visit is to cement relations between the two neighbours.
The leaders will hold private talks at State House Dar es Salaam and thereafter a luncheon.
Some of the issues that affect Ugandan businessmen doing business in Tanzania are high tariffs.

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President Museveni visit comes as the two countries are currently engaged in a sugar war that has seen Magufuli’s government deny market access to Kakira sugar claiming it is imported from Kenya.
Tanzania has slapped a 25 per cent import duty on the sugar. Government of Uganda says is in violation of the zero rate recommendation of the EAC rules of origin and the Common Market Protocol.

Uganda Revenue Authority recently said Kakira Sugar Works had in May exported 12,000 bags of locally manufactured sugar to Tanzania but it was denied entry and forced to return.

However, Tanzania alleges that the sugar was sneaked into Uganda from Kenya which is embroiled in a domestic sugar crisis caused by importation of large amounts of duty-free sugar.
President Museveni is accompanied by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Anne Kyambadde and her delegation.

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