Somalia’s Hassan Sheikh Mohamud will probably be in Uganda subsequent week on a two-day state go to, a visit seen to drum up regional help and strengthen enterprise ties as he enters the third month of his presidency.
According to Ugandan international ministry sources, Somalia’s chief will maintain bilateral talks together with his host, President Yoweri Museveni, on safety, funding, commerce and regional cooperation.
Uganda is essential to Mogadishu’s inner safety because it is one in every of 5 troop-contributing nations to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (Atmis), which is presently constructing the nation’s safety capability.
President Mohamud’s predecessor Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo paid a state go to to Uganda in 2018 and likewise attended Mr Museveni’s inauguration for a sixth time period final May.
Presidents Museveni and Mohamud are anticipated to preside over a joint Uganda-Somalia funding and enterprise summit in Kampala on August 9-10. Around 300 delegates are anticipated to attend.
Uganda’s Ambassador to Somalia, Prof Sam Tulya-Muhika, mentioned the summit would offer a platform for private and non-private actors from the 2 nations to interact on easy methods to ease the price of doing enterprise and capitalize on current and future alternatives.
“The summit will strengthen bilateral cooperation in trade and investment between the two brotherly countries and support potential investors and the respective business communities with the necessary conducive business environment,” he mentioned.
Sir. Mohamud’s state go to comes after Kenya, the place he and President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to clean their diplomatic ties that had thawed over maritime and commerce disputes. President Mohamud additionally lifted a ban on miraa imports from Kenya and allowed Kenya Airways to begin scheduled flights to Mogadishu, frozen for the previous 5 years.
Last month, Somalia formally requested the East African Community (EAC) to contemplate its software because the eighth accomplice. President Mohamud was the particular visitor on the EAC Summit in Arusha, Tanzania.
EAC member states are Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the newest entrant, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kenya and Burundi additionally contribute troops to Atmis. The others are Ethiopia and Djibouti.
Uganda was the primary to deploy troops to Somalia in 2007 and nonetheless has the biggest contingent. It additionally hosts the Somali group, primarily refugees, college students and enterprise folks.
The two nations are related by direct flights between Mogadishu and Entebbe by way of Uganda Airlines. Trade between the 2 nations has been sparse on account of Somalia’s insecurity, however with relative stability returning, there’s optimism for elevated enterprise.
In 2020, for instance, Uganda exported $676,000 value of products to Somalia, whereas imports from Mogadishu had been value $75,700.
The greatest exports to Somalia are principally plane elements, rolling tobacco and beer. According to Ambassador Tulya-Muhika, Uganda additionally hopes to export its milk, sugar, confectionery, edible greens, ICT and environmental providers.
Since taking workplace, President Mohamud has been on a whistling tour of the capitals of the East and the Horn of Africa in pursuit of an overt international coverage. He has been to Djibouti, Eritrea and Kenya.
He additionally went to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, worldwide companions which have closely funded tasks in Somalia. He additionally visited Egypt final week.
President Mohamud can also be anticipated to go to Ethiopia.