pic: President Museveni and his host Egyptian President Gen. Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed the signing of memorandums of understanding for co-operation at Itahedaya Presidential Palace in Cairo on Tuesday. (PPU)
EGYPT- President Yoweri Museveni is in Cairo, Egypt for a three-day State visit on the invitation of the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
"Upon arrival, I held a bilateral discussion with His Excellency El-Sisi and we later witnessed the signing of agreements in areas where our countries will co-operate. These include energy, agriculture and trade," Museveni tweeted.
President Museveni and his Egyptian counterpart witnessed the signing of a bilateral agreement and executive contract for establishment of 4 Megawatts solar power project in Busia, Uganda.
The power plant is expected to increase access to electricity in the Eastern part of the country, improve livelihoods and boost growth in the area.
Uganda and Egypt will co-operate in different fields of agriculture as well.
It was also agreed upon that Uganda Investment Authority and Egyptian Industrial Development Authority (IDA) co-operate in establishing industrial parks and participate in each other's exhibitions and fairs.
The Egypt Export Development Authority and Uganda Export Promotion Board will work together to increase bilateral trade.
Egyptian investments in Uganda include Cairo International Bank, Egypt Air, Mantrac Uganda Ltd, Arab Contractors, El Nasser Export and Import Company and African Development Incorporation Uganda Limited.
Museveni congratulated El-Sisi on his resounding victory in the presidential elections held in March 2018, saying the landslide win attested to the confidence and trust the Egyptian people have in his leadership.
Eng. Irene Muloni and Egypt's Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr Mohamed Shaker El. Markabi
The Heads of State reiterated their commitment to the achievement of the objectives of the African Union's Agenda 2063 and in particular, the economic integration of Africa to accelerate economic transformation, industrialisation and improvement of the livelihood of citizens.
In this regard, they stressed that the signing of an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area was a significant milestone.
They underscored the need to fast track infrastructure development, particularly energy, railways, roads, and waterways to improve connectivity across the continent.
Both Heads of State commended the outcome of the second session of the Joint Ministerial Commission between the two countries held from May 5 to May 7, 2018 in Cairo.
The two delegations agreed on actions to strengthen co-operation in various areas including energy, trade and investment, tourism, agriculture, defence and security, transport, health, information and communications technology, water and environment.