Joint Communique and Signing of MOUs at Kenya-Uganda Joint Ministerial Commission Meeting

Uganda and Kenya recently concluded the Second Session of the Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting, which took place from May 12 to 14, 2024, saw high-level delegations from both nations engaging in constructive discussions aimed at enhancing cooperation in various key areas.

Led by Hon. Dr. Musalia Mudavadi E.G.H. from Kenya and Hon. Gen. Odongo Jeje Abubakhar from Uganda, the delegations underscored the importance of the JMC in strengthening bilateral ties, especially amidst the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of the key highlights of the session was the acknowledgment of the delays caused by the pandemic, which had initially postponed the meeting scheduled for 2021. However, both sides expressed appreciation for the diligent efforts of officials from both countries in ensuring the successful convening of the JMC.

The ministers emphasized the historical, economic, and socio-cultural bonds that have long characterized the relationship between Uganda and Kenya. They hailed the warm and brotherly relations between the two nations and reaffirmed their commitment to further deepen political, economic, and socio-cultural ties.

Discussions during the session focused on assessing the implementation of previous decisions, addressing outstanding issues, and exploring new areas of cooperation. Three broad sectors were identified: Foreign Affairs and Security Sector, Economic Sector, and Socio-Cultural Sector.

Both ministers expressed optimism about the opportunities for socio-economic transformation within their countries and agreed to tackle challenges hindering bilateral trade, including tariff and non-tariff barriers. Technical officials were tasked with regular consultations to facilitate mutual growth and development.

Hon. Dr. Musalia Mudavadi congratulated Uganda for its successful hosting of the NAM Summit and G77 Summit, highlighting Uganda’s significant role in regional and global affairs. The ministers also exchanged views on regional, continental, and global developments, emphasizing the importance of continued cooperation in multilateral forums.

Looking ahead, Kenya is set to host the Third Session of the JMC in 2026, demonstrating the commitment of both countries to sustaining and strengthening their partnership. The session concluded with a renewed determination to deepen cooperation across various sectors and to establish a robust mechanism for monitoring and evaluating decisions reached during JMC sessions.

The Second Session of the JMC between Uganda and Kenya marks another milestone in the journey towards closer collaboration and mutual prosperity between the two nations.