President Ramaphosa to host Museveni at South Africa-Uganda Joint Commission

President Yoweri Museveni is due to visit South Africa for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday for the SA-Uganda Joint Commission that will work towards strengthening and deepening bilateral relations between the countries.

According to the Presidency, there will be “discussions between the two Heads of State encompassing political, economic, regional, continental and international issues”.

Museveni will be accompanied in Pretoria at the two-day meeting on 27-28 February by some of his cabinet ministers and a business delegation.

He and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the gathering on the closing day at the Gallagher Convention Centre.

According to the Presidency, “the business forum will offer the private sector in South Africa and Uganda a platform to explore trade and investment opportunities”.

Uganda is South Africa’s second largest trade partner in East Africa, with the trade balance favouring South Africa.

The Presidency said: 

“The value of South Africa’s imports from Uganda increased from R127 million in 2017 to R323 million in 2020.”

South Africa had more than 70 companies operating in Uganda before the Covid 19 pandemic.

The two presidents will oversee the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation between the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC), Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) and Uganda Development Bank Limited (UDBL); MoU on Cooperation in Tourism; MoU on Cooperation in Transport Related Matters; MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Information and Communication Technologies; MoU on Cooperation in the field of Correctional Services and Prisons; and the MoU on Cooperation in the fields of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities.

Source; NEWS24

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