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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

President Magufuli and President Museveni agree on building oil pipeline frona Tanga to Uganda

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The President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. John Pombe Magufuli who is The current chairman of the East African Community (EAC) has held talks with His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, The President of the Republic of Uganda in which among other things the two leaders have agreed to the construction of an oil pipeline from the port of Tanga in Tanzania to Uganda.

President Museveni paid a visit to President Magufuli at the state lodge in Arusha this evening soon after arriving in the country from Uganda to attend the 17th East African Community Heads of State Summit to be held at Ngurudoto Hotel in Arusha tommorow.

Speaking after private talks between the two leaders, President Magufuli said they have agreed to implement the Tanga-Uganda oil pipeline project for the benefit of both countries and other East African countries.

He said the oil pipeline will be 1,120 kilometers long and that the project will create more than 15,000 jobs.

President Magufuli added that, apart from constructing the oil pipeline, they also discussed increasing trade within the East African countries, building factories and creating jobs through various productive sectors.

Furthermore, President Magufuli said during the summit, Partner States will also discuss about South Sudan joining the East Africa Community (EAC).

He said that South Sudan becoming a member of the EAC means the region will be able to trade in an area with approximately 150 million people and therefore benefiting greatly.

On his part, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni besides concurring with President Magufuli, has congratulated his Tanzanian counterpart on his leadership performance so far, and he has said that it is his hope that EAC Partner States will be in position to match President Magufuli’s speed in bringing development.

Gerson Msigwa
Ag. Director for Presidential Communications,

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