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Uganda and Benin discuss deepening cooperation

Monday, 8th August 2016
Mr. Nelson Ocheger and Hon. Aurelien Agbenonci at the Ministry¡¯s Headquarters
The Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Benin have been urged to scale up cooperation in order to address common challenges and exploit common opportunities.  The call was made by Mr. Nelson Ocheger, the Charge' D' Affaires of the Uganda High Commission to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a meeting he held with Hon. Aurelien Agbenonci, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Benin.

Mr. Ocheger, who was in Benin for a working visit, informed his host that the two friendly countries, should build on the good relations which exist between them to solve developmental challenges affecting their respective peoples. He added that, Uganda cherishes Pan Africanism and as such believed that African problems are best addressed by Africans themselves. 

He urged for closer cooperation in investment, trade, and tourism sectors. He particularly singled out the need to invest in rail transport as a way of facilitating trade within Sub- Saharan Africa. He informed his host that through the Northern Corridor Integration Projects; Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are cooperating in rail transport development. He requested his host to share this development with his counterparts within the region in order to explore the possibility of developing the railway network that connects west to East Africa.

In his response, Hon. Aurelien Agbenonci stated that the Republic of Benin pays particular attention to the cooperation between the later and all the countries in Sub Saharan Africa, since the said countries have a lot in common in terms of developmental needs and prospects.

He appreciated the good diplomatic relations that exist between the Republic of Benin and the Republic of Uganda and agreed on the need to further deepen the cooperation that exists between the two Republics.

Uganda High Commission in Abuja is also accredited to all other members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.