President Museveni leads EAC delegation for talks on EPA

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

President Yoweri Museveni has today arrived in Brussels, Belgium for a three-day working visit. As Chairperson of the East African Community, President Museveni will lead talks between member states and the European Union over the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs).

 

The EU Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, will lead his bloc in the talks slated for tomorrow Thursday the 28th.

 

In May, as he assumed the EAC chair in Dar es Salaam, other heads of state tasked President Museveni to lead a regional delegation to Brussels to discuss the issue of EPAs and sanctions over Burundi. The partner states also raised issues to do with Brexit and the EU. Britain is one of Africa’s biggest trading partners.

 

President Museveni also promised to raise the issue of the EU threatening to impose sanctions on Kenya, which had signed the EPAs but could not enforce them because other countries in the region were yet to come on board.

 

At the Brussels Military Airport, President Museveni was received by the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Kirunda Kivejinja, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, Trade and Cooperatives Minister, Amelia Kyambadde and Uganda’s Ambassador to Belgium, Mirjam Blaak, among other Senior Government officials.