*UGANDA AND KENYA HOLD 1ST JOINT* *PERMANENT COMMISSION, 21ST -25TH* *MARCH 2019*
UGANDA AND KENYA HOLD 1ST JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION, 21ST -25TH MARCH 2019
Uganda and Kenya held the first session of the Joint Permanent Commission in Nairobi - Kenya. The Agreement establishing the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) was signed on 16th November 1993, which is approximately 26 years ago.
Uganda and Kenya enjoy strong and historical bonds of friendship and brotherhood. This is manifested through the exchange of high-level visits including visits by H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni; and H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta; Ministers; Senior Government Officials, President Uganda National Chamber of commerce (UNCCI) Olive Kigongo and members of the private sector. It is accurate to observe that our bilateral relations are excellent and based on deep mutual respect and shared prosperity.
Kenya is a key strategic and trading partner of Uganda with a trade volume of approximately 1.2bn USD. Kenya is Uganda’s gateway to the sea.
This is evidenced through the many cooperation frameworks that have informed the delicate, but firm, fabric of the East African Community in advancing our integration agenda; the successful implementation of the Northern Corridor Integration projects; and our other regional, continental and multilateral engagements. These ties have enabled Uganda and Kenya to accomplish a great deal in terms of advancing the welfare of our people and maintaining peace and stability in our two countries and in the wider region.
In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, Amb.Macharia Kamawo welcomed Officials from the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies comprising the Uganda Delegation to Nairobi reaffirming that this platform of the Joint Permanent Commission is instrumental in both countries achieving agreed interests ultimately for the development of both Kenya and Uganda.
Conveying a message of gratitude to the Republic of Kenya for hosting this meeting, Uganda's head of delegation, Amb. Isaac Ssebulime Ag. Director Regional Co-operation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thanked his counterpart for the warm reception accorded to him the entire Delegation.
Amb. Ssebulime further reiterated that Uganda's aim of engaging in this process is to ultimately agree on decisions that will positively impact on the lives and livelihoods of both our peoples for a continued future of shared prosperity; shared growth; peace, security and stability; deeper engagement.
Key critical issues, this Joint Permanent Commission will addressed ;
1)Exploring new areas of cooperation between our two countries
2) Regularize the meetings of the Joint Permanent Commission
3) Ensure the timely implementation of all areas that have been agreed upon through an effective coordination and implementation mechanism.
The Joint Permanent Commission will deliberate on enhacing cooperation between both countries in priority sector areas of;
1) Education and Technical skills development 2) Health
5) Trade and Investment.
Uganda's delegation Was led by Amb. Isaac B. Ssebulime, Ag. Director Regional Cooperation, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E Phoebe Otaala Uganda's High Commissioner to Kenya, as well as Heads of Department & Senior Technical Officials from other Ministries such as Trade, Education, UNCCI, Health , Works & Transport to mention but a few.This Joint Permanent Commission was being held on the eve of the State Visit to the Republic of Kenya by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda.