President Al Bashir, Museveni Discuss South Sudan, AMISOM

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President Omar Al-Bashir, who is currently in Uganda on a two-day official visit, and his counterpart Yoweri Museveni have called upon the international community to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with the resources and requisite capabilities to more effectively assist the  government.

In a statement released Monday the two presidents “called upon the international community to support building of Somalia’s institutions, particularly in the security sector, to enable the government to deal with the challenges posed by terrorist groups and stabilize the country.”

Al Bashir and Museveni also underscored the need to support the Intergovernmental Agency for Developmental (IGAD) led revitalization of the implementation of the Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) and the unique roles being played by both Sudan and Uganda as immediate neighbours of South Sudan.

They undertook to intensify efforts, bilaterally and within the IGAD and AU frameworks, towards finding a lasting political solution through an all-inclusive National dialogue.

Following the lifting of the trade and economic sanctions that had been imposed on the country by the United States for nearly 20 years, business was on the agenda at the meeting. They called upon the business communities and private sectors to take advantage of this positive development.

During the visit, a Business Forum which brought together the Sudanese Business Delegation and their Ugandan counterparts was also held. The forum discussed opportunities for trade and investment particularly in agriculture, agro-processing, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and commodities especially coffee and tea.

Trade and Investment

Sudan imports 20% of Uganda coffee and is the single biggest export market for the product from which about US $ 100 million is earned.

A delegation from the Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organization visited Uganda from November 5-8, 2017 to inspect the coffee testing/quality assurance facilities of Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and private coffee processors.

Ugandan Undersecretary/Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan had visited Uganda from October 5-6, 2017, during which the two sides agreed on steps to implement the decisions taken by the 5th session of the Joint Ministerial Commission which was held in Khartoum.

Among the issues they discussed were opportunities for trade and investment, immigration, air transport, regional issues and security matters. They also held a meeting with respective Ministries and stakeholders to discuss ways of improving the Coffee trade with Sudan.

Uganda will be hosting the 6th Session of the Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) by March 2018.