Zuma eyes stronger ties with Uganda

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will embark on a state visit to Uganda this week with the aim of enhancing economic and political ties with the new oil producing country.

Zuma, who will be accompanied by nine cabinet ministers as well as about 30 business people, will arrive in Uganda on Thursday.

The two countries are scheduled to sign agreements in the fields of agriculture, trade, science and technology, and customs co-operation, Zuma's spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

"The state visit will build on the excellent relations forged during the struggle against apartheid when Uganda provided solidarity and support to the South African liberation movement," said Kodwa.

During the visit, Zuma will officially open the OR Tambo School of Leadership and also unveil the South African Wall of Remembrance built in Kampala to commemorate the ANC struggle heroes who are buried in Uganda.

A business forum, to be co-chaired by trade ministers of the two countries, will help to expand the areas of economic co-operation is also planned.

South Africa and Uganda enjoy fruitful bilateral and trade relations. The two countries have also co-operated effectively in peace-building on the African continent.