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Tanzania, Uganda Signs Agreement On Energy, Civil Aviation At JPC Meet

Tanzania has signed an agreement with Uganda for the enhancement of energy and civil aviation.

Augustine Mahiga, Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, said the agreements were signed at a Joint Partnership Commission (JPC) meeting on Wednesday in Arusha.

Uganda too is a member of East African Community (EAC). JPC was established in 2007 in Uganda and the signing was delayed since then.

Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of the government.

The MoU states implementation of a hydro-power project that will generate 14 MW power at Kikagati/Murongo, said Mahiga.

Kikagati and Murongo is on the border of both the countries.

Mahiga said further both the countries have agreed to co-operate too in the civil aviation sector and the deal will improve their relationships with the neighbor.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation released a statement mentioning six agreements were expected to be signed be the two countries.

However, only two agreements were signed in the JPC meeting on Wednesday night and is reported on other sectors the discussions are still in process.

The other sectors that have been left behind include marine transport, railway, broadcasting and defense.

It is expected the remaining agreements could be signed later this year at the EAC heads of state summit.

Cooperation between Uganda and Tanzania is to play key role in addressing poverty and other challenges in both the countries said Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs.

EAC is composed of six countries – Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.