President Yoweri Museveni yesterday held a bilateral meeting with his host President John Pombe Magufuli at the Arusha State lodge in Tanzania at the sidelines of the ongoing 17th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State.
President Museveni thanked President Magufuli for his high speed in service delivery to the people of Tanzania and said he was happy to be in Tanzania which he considers as home.
The host President Magufuli thanked President Museveni and congratulated him for winning the just concluded Presidential elections in Uganda. He observed that Museveni is among the three Presidents who signed the treaty to revive the East African Community, others having been Arap Moi of Kenya and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania.
According to a statement issued by the presidential press secretary Ms Lindah Nabusayi, Mr Magufuli was pleased to note that Museveni is still in office to enable the continuity of EAC and boost the activities of the community.
The two countries are planning to build an oil pipeline between Tanga and Uganda covering a distance of 1120km. Magufuli said the projected is to employ 15,000 people.
President Magufuli said during the summit, South Sudan will be admitted as the sixth member of the EAC. He said this measure will enable the EAC block to have a market of over 150 million people.
Among other things, the Heads of State are expected to launch the new International East African e-Passport (electronic-passport) during the meeting.
Also scheduled to be launched by the Summit is the Private Sector Fund which is expected to deepen the participation of the private sector in the East African integration process.