President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir of Sudan is in Uganda on a 2-day official at the invitation of President Museveni.
According to a joint statement issued by the president’s office, the Heads of State held official talks focusing on bilateral relations, regional peace and security, and international matters of mutual interest.
The two leaders reviewed implementation of the decisions made during President Museveni’s trip to Sudan on September 15-16, 2015 as well as the 5th Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC).
President Bashir and his host witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Higher Education between the two countries. They directed their respective Ministers to fast track implementation of all decisions agreed upon and conclude all pending Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the areas of agriculture, sports and youth as well as security before the next JMC to be hosted by Uganda by March 2018.
President Museveni asked the Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir to convince Arab investors to invest in Uganda.
“I have asked H.E. Bashir to help us court more Arab investors. In that light, he has offered to host a Uganda-Arab Investment Summit in Khartoum. I will attend the summit to encourage more investors to come to Uganda,” the president said.
The summit will showcase trade and investment opportunities in both countries with participation of the private sector from the Sudan, Uganda and Arab countries.
He president added: We have held discussions on how to strengthen bilateral relations between our countries. We have held discussions and agreed to cooperate more in the fields of trade, foreign affairs and regional security. Uganda will export more tea and coffee to Sudan. A joint ministerial team will follow up to actualize this.
Uganda’s coffee exports to Sudan are worth $100m (about Ugx. 365b), making it the single biggest importer of the Uganda’s exports or more than 20 per cent of the country’s 4.6 million bags.
Speaking recently in Kampala, Ministry of Foreign Affair head of regional economic cooperation department John Leonard Mugerwa revealed that the government of Sudan designated a private airline called Tarco will launch direct flights between Entebbe –Khartoum.
“We see opportunities for Ugandan exports to Sudan and our traders doing business in a free environment. Our traders and manufacturers can take advantage of that market in order to improve the volume of trade between the two countries,” Mr Mugerwa said.