H.E. Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has arrived in Uganda for a two-day state visit.
He is escorted by a delegation of Ministers and Senior Officials numbering to 117 people in all.
Tshisekedi’s Official State visit follows an invitation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda from 9th – 11th November 2019.
He was received by Uganda’s Foreign Affairs ministers Sam Kahamba Kutesa.
Tshisekedi will preside over the 1st Uganda – DRC Business Forum being held at Speke Resort hotel in Munyonyo.
The Forum under the theme “Promoting Bilateral Trade, Investment and Connectivity for Mutual Peace and Prosperity” is being co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Development, in partnership with Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), Trademark East Africa and KTA Advocates.
The Joint Business Forum aims to provide a platform for the private sector of the two countries to share experiences, create business to business networks, identify opportunities and challenges and agree common solutions.
It will be a one day private-sector led event to discuss trade and investment opportunities between Uganda and DRC in order to facilitate trade between the two countries.
Among the key bilateral issues that will be discussed include Promotion of cross border Trade, Customs co-operation, Elimination of non-tariff barriers, Harmonization of standards; cross border infrastructural development; energy including power generation, among others.
The DRC is one of the key export markets for Uganda’s exports.
Total exports for 2018 stood at $531million, with formal trade standing at $221m while, informal trade currently stands at $312m.
Security and the Ebola outbreak are expected to be another key discussion point with host President Yoweri Museveni.