DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) --
Tanzania and Uganda have signed agreements aimed
at enhancing cooperation in energy and civil aviation, Tanzanian
Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation,
Augustine Mahiga, said on Thursday.
Mahiga said the
agreements between the two members of the East African Community
(EAC) were signed on Wednesday night at the end of a Joint
Partnership Commission (JPC) meeting in Arusha on Wednesday
The Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) for the deals were signed by Mahiga on
behalf of Tanzania and Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sam
Kutesa on behalf of the Ugandan government.
Under the MoU, the
two countries agreed to implement a hydro-power project to
generate 14 MW at Kikagati/Murongo on the two countries’ border,
He added that the
two countries also agreed to co-operate in the civil aviation
“The signing of the
agreements will improve our relations with Uganda although the
signing has been delayed since the JPC was established in Uganda
in 2007,” said Mahiga.
A statement released
by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation
said during the JPC meeting the two countries were expected to
sign six agreements.
However, the two
countries didn’t sign cooperation agreements in four other
sectors because discussions were still ongoing, said the
The sectors include
railway, marine transport, broadcasting as well as defense,
added the statement.
The statement said
the agreements on the four sectors were expected to be signed
during the East Africa Community (EAC) heads of state summit to
be held later this year.
For his part, the
Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kutesa, said cooperation
between the two countries was key to addressing challenges
facing people, including poverty.