Ugandan, Kenyan ministers gather in Kampala for JMC

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Ugandan, Kenyan ministers gather in Kampala for JMC
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Following a four-year hiatus, the Kenya-Uganda Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) has kicked off at Kampala Sheraton Hotel.

The two-day event, which runs until May 14 is composed of ministers from both parties and it is co-chaired by Ministers of Foreign Affairs or other representatives delegated to perform that function.

Accordingly, the JMC is to shed light on a number of issues including; trade and investment, immigration and customs, energy and natural resources development, defence and security, health services, standards and quality assurance, among others.

Speaking at the opening of the senior official’s meeting Sunday morning, the director Regional and International Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Elly Kamahungye highlighted the historical bonds between Kenya and Uganda dating back to years of exceptional cooperation and mutual understanding.

He noted that the forthcoming JMC is a testament to Uganda’s commitment to further deepen bilateral ties and address “shared challenges” with Kenya.

“This significant event underscores the enduring friendship and robust cooperation between our nations, founded on shared values and a common vision for the prosperity of our people,” he said.

Ambassador Dennis Mburu, director for Africa Affairs under the State Department for Foreign Affairs in Kenya noted that this JMC will enhance longstanding cordial relationship between Kenya and Uganda, noting that Kenya and Uganda have deep bilateral and multilateral engagements that traverse the EAC and COMESA, which will enhance cooperation in various sectors, hence enhancing relationships.

“Kenya is committed to achieving tangible results,” Mburu said. “We are optimistic that following previous engagements that we have had with Uganda, we shall have a realistic document to present to our Ministers by the close of the JMC.”

The JMCs are held biennially on a rotational basis in accordance with the Agreement establishing the Uganda-Kenya JMC of February 20, 2014.

In 2019, the two countries held the first session of the JMC in Nairobi. Post-Covid19 pandemic, the Second Session will run from May 12.

In this JMC Agreement, the two sides will pursue initiatives of cooperation on specific sectors to include the following:

Key contentious issues such as trade barriers, border demarcation, security matters and facilitation of permits have been identified for resolution underscoring the commitment to overcoming challenges and fostering mutual benefits.

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