Welcoming her guests to Tanzania, President Samia Suluhu Hassan thanked President Museveni for gracing the function adding that the ratification of the 5 agreements with the oil companies for the project confirmed the determination of the two countries Tanzania and Uganda in seeing the implementation of the project.
“We will cherish and enhance the good cooperation that has existed between our two countries,” she said.
President Suluhu also paid tribute to the late President Magufuli for working very closely with President Museveni to make the project a reality.
She expressed her commitment to ensure the success of the project that will see the first flow of oil realized in 2025.
It will also generate a lot of benefits like employment, services and other side projects along the corridor of the pipe line as well as attract investments to the region.
The Tanzanian leader observed that the image of Africa had been tarnished for a long time in the eyes of the world but such projects will positively help to clear that bad image.
She thanked President Museveni for gracing the signing of the crude oil pipeline agreements despite the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that is a challenge to the world noting that the President was not a stranger in Tanzania but one of them because he had lived and had some of his children in Tanzania.
A communiqué was issued and read by the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Community Hon. Ambassador Liberata Mulamula.
In the communiqué, the two countries apart from reaffirming their commitment to deepen bilateral ties in other areas of mutual interest like trade, infrastructure, transport, social Affairs and the East African Cooperation, urged each State to take all the necessary steps required to provide unequivocal support and commitment to realizing and implementing the strategic East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.
The two Heads of State in conclusion to the event launched the project activities.
Other speakers included the representatives of the oil companies going to undertake the construction of the pipe line who all reaffirmed their commitment to implement the project.
The Uganda delegation included the Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development Hon. Matia Kasaija, the Minister of Energy Hon Goretti Kitutu and the representative of UNOC.
President Museveni and his delegation was later hosted to a State luncheon by President Samia Siluhu at State House Grounds.