Kampala, 25 January 2012

President Kagame and Mrs Jeanette Kagame today arrived in Uganda for a three-day State and were received by President Yoweri Museveni and Mrs Janet Museveni at State House Entebbe with full honours and a 21-gun salute. Also participating in the State Visit following the 10th Rwanda-Uganda Joint Permanent Commission are the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Defence, Local Government, Trade, Refugee Affairs, Gender and Family Promotion, and other senior officials from different institutions.


In a meeting with Rwandan and Ugandan officials, the two Heads of State were briefed on the outcome of the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) which preceded the state visit. The JPC committed to strengthened cooperation in priority sectors including, infrastructure, education, tourism, trade.  Specifically, Rwanda and Uganda agreed to accelerate development of common infrastructure focusing on transport, electricity and ICT; improve framework of crossborder education; work closely on trans-border tourism; and further advance trade facilitation through removal of remaining non- barriers. In addition, the two countries agreed implement equal treatment on work permits for their citizens.

On Wednesday evening President Kagame and Mrs Kagame were hosted to a state banquet in their honour at the State House.

On Thursday President Kagame and Mrs Kagame, accompanied by Rwandan ministers will attend the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Victory Day celebrations in Kapchorwa District, Eastern Uganda on Thursday where President Kagame will be conferred with medals for his contribution to the liberation of Uganda.