Visiting Samia: Tanzania U-turns on Ugandan sugar

By NELSON NATURINDA

Tanzania will resume buying sugar from Uganda, signaling an easing of one of the trade disputes that has lasted nearly three years.

President Samia Suluhu, during the first day of her two-day state visit to Uganda, agreed with her host, President Yoweri Museveni, that Kampala would also provide her country with anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs.

According to a joint statement issued after the Presidents’ meeting on Tuesday evening, Uganda will provide 10,000 tonnes of sugar to fill a production gap in Tanzania.

Disputes

Tanzania banned sugar from Uganda in 2019, saying imports came from third countries.

Uganda has over the years accused Tanzania of instituting several non-tariff barriers which have thwarted continued trade between the two countries. These include restrictions on sugar, milk and traffic on Ugandan trucks.

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The two heads of state also ordered their relevant ministers to meet often to settle trade disputes to enable smooth trade between the two countries. The leaders said the resolutions should be implemented within a month.

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Transporters will also benefit from President Suluhu’s visit as the two leaders have agreed to reduce the charges trucks pay from $500 to $10 per 100 km from Mutukula border to Dar es Salaam effective July 1. It will cost truckers about $150, like what trucks from other countries do. Pay.

Rachel J. Bradford