Kampala Hosts 2nd Kenya-Uganda Joint Ministerial Commission to Harness Bilateral Relations

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The 2nd Kenya-Uganda Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) is underway from May 12–14, 2024, at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel, aimed at fostering bilateral relations between the two East African countries.

The JMC is composed of ministers from both countries, and it is co-chaired by ministers of foreign affairs or other representatives delegated to perform that function. It is held biennially on a rotational basis in accordance with the agreement establishing the Uganda-Kenya JMC of February 20, 2014.

Speaking at the opening of the senior official’s meeting on Sunday, May 12, 2024, the Director Regional and International Affairs from Uganda’s foreign affairs ministry, Ambassador Elly Kamahungye, noted that the forthcoming JMC is a testament to the two countries’ commitment to further deepen their bilateral ties and address shared challenges.

“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,” Kamahungye said.

On his side, Ambassador Dennis Mburu, Director for Africa Affairs under the State Department for Foreign Affairs in Kenya underscored the role of JMC in enhance the longstanding cordial relationship between Kenya and Uganda, adding 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, and we are optimistic that following previous engagements that we have had with Uganda, we will have a realistic document to present to our ministers by the close of the JMC,” Mburu said.

Under this year’s JMC, the two countries are pursuing initiatives of cooperation in the sectors of trade and investment, immigration and customs, energy and natural resources development, defense and security, and health services.

Other sectors being explored include standards and quality assurance, water and land, the development of physical infrastructure, tourism and culture, peace and security on both sides of the border, education, youth and sports, and public service.

Issues, which include trade barriers, border demarcation, security matters, and facilitation of permits, have been identified for resolution to foster peaceful coexistence.

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