At the invitation of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, President of the Republic of the Sudan, paid a two-day State Visit to the Republic of Uganda from 13th to 14th November, 2017.
His Excellency President Omar Al-Bashir was accompanied by Ministers and other Senior Government Officials as well as a Business Delegation.
The Heads of State held official talks in a cordial and friendly atmosphere focusing on bilateral relations, regional peace and security, and international matters of mutual interest.
Their Excellencies reviewed implementation of the decisions made during the Official Visit of His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni to Sudan on September 15-16, 2015 as well as the 5th Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC).
They noted the progress being made in cooperation between the two countries particularly in the sectors of trade and investment, transport, security and education.
According to the joint statement by Hon. Okello Henry Oryem, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs/ International Cooperation and Hon. Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Heads of State witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Higher Education between the two countries.
They directed their respective Ministers to fast track implementation of all decisions agreed upon and conclude all pending Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the areas of agriculture, sports and youth as well as security before the next JMC to be hosted by Uganda by March 2018.
Their Excellencies noted the ongoing collaboration between the respective Standards Agencies with regard to quality assurance of coffee exports and stressed the need for value addition.
They welcomed the designation of TARCO Airlines to start direct flights between Khartoum and Entebbe which would greatly improve connectivity between the two countries and promote trade, tourism and investment.
During the Visit, a Business Forum which brought together the Sudanese Business Delegation and their Ugandan counterparts was held.
The Forum discussed opportunities for trade and investment particularly in agriculture, agro-processing, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and commodities especially coffee and tea.
The Heads of State agreed to convene a Joint Investment Conference in Khartoum, on dates to be confirmed, to showcase trade and investment opportunities in both countries with participation of the private sector from the Sudan, Uganda and Arab countries.