Somalia’s president in Uganda for a two-day official visit

H.E President Sheik Hassan Mohamud landed this afternoon at Entebbe International Airport aboard Uganda Airlines in response to the invitation extended to him by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda.

He was received by Hon. Gen. Jeje Abubakhar Odongo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Vincent Ssempijja, Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs plus other Senior Officials.

Minister Jeje Odongo having a chat with H.E Sheikh Mohamud at the VIP lounge-Entebbe International Airport

The Somali president led a delegation including H.E. Abshir Omar Jama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur, the Minister of Defence, H.E Jibril Abdirasid Hagi Abdi, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Abdirashid Nour, Member of Parliament, Hon. Senator Muna Omar Hassan, Member of Parliament, Hon. Ahmed Abdi Hashi, Member of Parliament, Ambassador Mohamed Ali Nur Hagi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E Ali Mohamed Mohamud Somalia’s Ambassador to Uganda.

H.E Sheikh Hassan Mohamud being entertained on arrival

According to Uganda media center official Twitter handle, the main purpose of the visit is to further bolster the excellent cordial bilateral relations between Uganda and Somalia.

President Museveni and his counterpart President Mohamud will hold bilateral discussions to share ideas on the available ways of strengthening cooperation in key sector areas of common interest for the mutual benefit of both countries and witness the signing of the Joint declaration following the conclusion of the Inaugural Session of the Joint Permanent Commission between the Republic of Uganda and the Federal Republic of Somalia,” one of the Uganda media center twitt reads in part.

In another twitt, Uganda media center stated that, “During this visit H.E. President Hassan Mohamud will also address the 1st Uganda – Somalia Business Investment Summit under the theme ‘Promoting Uganda – Somalia Patnership through Investment, Trade and Tourism’ taking place between 9th – 10th August 2022 at the Speke Resort Munyonyo,”.

The Investment and Business Summit is to provide a platform for Private Sector and Business Community together with other relevant stakeholders like Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to freely exchange views and ideas on how to ease the cost-of-doing-business, and thus richly reap from existing and future business opportunities by agreeing on how to overcome existing challenges, learn lessons and business strategies for smooth mutual exchange between the two markets of Uganda, Somalia and even beyond.

On the 19th day of November 2016, Uganda and Somalia signed a Framework Agreement, in Kampala.

Article 5(2) of the Framework Agreement calls for the operationalization of the Joint Permanent Commission and establishment of the Joint Permanent Investment and Business Council.

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