The Government of the Republic of Uganda and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed two (2) Agreements aimed at enhancing Bilateral trade and strengthening Infrastructure Development for the mutual benefit of both countries.
The Agreements, the Inter–Governmental Agreement (IGA) was signed by H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Uganda, and H.E. Chrisrophe Lutundula APALA, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and witnessed by Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah Speaker of the Republic of Uganda.
The Second Agreement, the Project Development Agreement was signed by H.E. Alexis Gisaro Muvunyi, the Minister of Infrastructure and Public Works of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mr. Bageya Waiswa the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works & Transport of the Republic of Uganda and witnessed by Rt. Hon Anita Among, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda and Mr. Biselele Fortuna, Private Advisor to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The signing of these Agreements follows the State visit to Uganda by H.E. Felix Antionè Tshisekedi TSHILOMBO, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo from 9th – 10th November 2019 where both Presidents emphasized the importance of developing cross – border infrastructure which is essential to facilitate trade between the two countries.
The visit by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs to Uganda, comes at a time when relations between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are growing from strength to strength. This trajectory would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication by both Heads of State.
The Inter–Governmental Agreement (IGA) which covers three roads stretching 223 Kilometers and the Project Development Agreement (PDA) is therefore an important milestone for the commencement of the bilateral efforts of both countries in realizing the construction and upgrading of the following roads;
• The Mpondwe/Kasindi- Beni road (80 Kilometers)
• The Bunagana- Rutshuru- Goma Road (89 kilometers
• The integration of the Beni-Butembo Axis (54 Kilometers)
In his remarks H.E.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, welcomed H.E. Chrisrophe Lutundula Apala, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and his Delegation to Uganda and hailed the cordial bilateral relations between the two countries.
President Museveni further commended H.E Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the leadership and the importance attached on the development of cross-border infrastructure.
This is a critical enabler in facilitating trade, investment, tourism, movement of people and but more so in deepening regional integration.
The President also underscored the need to maintain peace and security to achieve prosperity and development for the benefit of all people in the Region.
H.E. Chrisrophe Lutundula APALA, thanked H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his Delegation.
The Deputy Prime Minister on behalf of H.E Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, conveyed a message of gratitude to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for accepting to sign this historical Agreement on the Joint Road Infrastructure Project which demonstrates the close fraternal relations between both countries.