President Yoweri Museveni and his DRC Felix Tshisekedi counterpart signed signed a raft of bilateral agreements but importantly stressed the need to improve the trade relations between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The two leaders signed memorandums of understanding on security, infrastructure, transport and tourism.
The two presidents agreed to improve road infrastructure including the Mpondwe-Beni, Goli-Bunia, Bunagana-Rutshuru-Goma roads and the bridge across river Semuliki to Bunya. These will improve trade, social issues and will guarantee security.
H.E Felix Tshisekedi with delegation of 117 was over the weekend in Uganda for a two day state visit.
‘‘The visit of President Felix Tshisekedi is very important because it goes to the heart of Africa’s future. Modern prosperity comes from business. If we have factories, we sell more and expand and also provide goods and services for the population. Africa imports a lot from China, Japan and India. Such goods should be made here.’’ president Museveni said during a joint press conference held at State House Entebbe shortly after bilateral talks
He added: When we produce, we supply goods and services to the population, create jobs for our youth and generate taxes for governments to build roads, hospitals and provide security. Without business, there can be no prosperity, no jobs, no infrastructure and no security. I am happy to see that President Tshisekedi is clear on these issues
President Tshisekedi thanked his host for the warm welcome. He explained that he is travelling across the region consulting elders on how his country can be turned away from a conflict zone to economic cooperation.
“I am consulting elders in the region to see how we can shift from the conflict zone to economic cooperation. That is why I came to you and agreed with you that we must engage more in trade instead of conflicts,” said Tshisekedi.
He added: We need your knowledge, wisdom and guidance to reach far that is why we are here
This is president Tshisekedi’s second visit to Uganda since he was elected. ‘‘ I need to rectify the imbalance by visiting Kinshasa.’’ President Museveni said.