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Joint Comminique Between The Republic of Equatorial Guinea and The Republic of Uganda

                                    

JOINT COMMUNIQUE BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA AND THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA ON THE OCCASION OF THE STATE VISIT TO EQUATORIAL GUINEA BY HIS EXCELLENCY YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
1.    At the invitation of His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, paid a four-day State Visit to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, from 25th to 28th August, 2017.  His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was received with full ceremonial honors, at the International Airport of Malabo by His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo along with all Constitutional Organs of the State.

2.     His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was accompanied by Hon. Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Okello Henry Oryem, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of International Cooperation and Senior Officials of the Republic of Uganda.

3.     This State Visit provided, once again, the opportunity to strengthen existing friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries. The two Heads of State held fruitful official talks on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest, in a cordial and fraternal atmosphere.

4.     At bilateral level, the two Leaders reiterated their commitment to strengthen further the existing bonds of friendship and cooperation between Uganda and Equatorial Guinea. In this regard, they discussed and reviewed areas identified during the State Visit to Uganda by His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo from April 26-27, 2017 in particular oil and gas, agriculture and food security, and education.

5.    The two Heads of State directed their respective Ministers to boost cooperation between the two countries by operationalizing the Framework Agreement on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation signed in Kampala on April 26, 2017. They further directed the two delegations to implement the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on the Establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation between the two countries; Bilateral Consultations between the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs on matters of mutual interest; and Cooperation in the field of Oil and Gas.
6.     The two delegations held bilateral discussions during which they decided on modalities for convening the inaugural Permanent Joint Commission. They also agreed on an Action Plan for implementing the MOU on Cooperation in the field of oil and gas. The priority activities will include exchange of information on policies, legal and regulatory structures; training and capacity building in the areas of operation, production and process control, metering, environmental health and safety. The training will also cover construction as well as maintenance of oil and gas infrastructure.
The two delegations further agreed that both countries will be participating in hydrocarbon Events, starting with the upcoming 3rd Uganda International Oil and Gas Conference scheduled for end of September 2017.
7.    Pursuant to the commitment by the two Heads of State on sharing knowledge and experience in the field of oil and gas, His Excellency Yoweri Museveni was conducted on a tour of the Pipeline, the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Plant and Terminal at Punta Europa as well as the Port in Malabo. He also visited the Port in the city of Bata and other areas of interest in the cities of Djibloho and Mongomo, which included the Afro-American University of Djibloho, High Institute of Telecommunications and New Technologies as well as the Hydrocarbon Technological Institute.

8.    His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo informed his Guest that in order to further bolster bilateral relations; he would be appointing Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to Uganda in the near future.  His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also undertook to appoint Uganda’s Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea in due course.

9.     On regional issues, their Excellences President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and President Yoweri Museveni reaffirmed the urgent need to continue working towards the economic transformation and development of Africa in order to improve the livelihoods of citizens.
They reiterated their support for the African Union’s quest for political solutions to resolve conflicts and crises on the continent, and the urgent need to combat the increasing threats of terrorism.
10.     At international level, the two Leaders urged the United Nations and the international community to provide greater support towards the efforts and initiatives of the African Union and sub-regional organizations to foster peace, security and development on the African continent. They underscored the need for political dialogue to diffuse emerging tensions in various regions around world, and for concerted efforts to fight terrorism globally.

11.     His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni congratulated His Excellency President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Equatorial Guinea’s election to the United Nations Security Council as a Non-Permanent member for the period 2018-2019.
12.    He commended the priorities Equatorial Guinea has selected for its tenure including contributing to peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; reform of the UN Security Council; combatting terrorism and trans-national crime; implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as AU’s Agenda 2063.
13.    His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on his part, thanked Brother Yoweri Museveni for his support for Equatorial Guinea's candidacy for the Non-Permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. He also thanked the President of the Republic of Uganda, for honoring his invitation and for the fruitful discussions held during the visit.

14.    His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo bestowed upon His Excellency Yoweri Museveni   the Great Collar of Independence Award, the highest honor in Equatorial Guinea, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in promoting the interests of the African Continent.  

15.      At the end of the State Visit, His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni expressed his profound gratitude to His Excellency President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the Government and people of Equatorial Guinea for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during his stay in Equatorial Guinea. He also extended an invitation to His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to visit Uganda on a date to be agreed upon through diplomatic channels. The invitation was gladly accepted.

Done on 28th August 2017 in Mongomo in English and Spanish languages, both texts being equally authentic.

FOR THE GOVERNMENT
OF THE REPUBLIC
OF UGANDA

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HON. IRENE MULONI

Minister of Energy and
Mineral Development
     FOR THE GOVERNMENT
OF THE REPUBLIC
OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA

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HON. AGAPITO MBA MOKUY
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation