The just concluded 8th Joint Permanent Commission meeting between Rwanda and Uganda has agreed to implement resolutions on matters of mutual interest.
During the meeting, the two countries agreed to launch the One Border Stop Centre and to let the Gatuna border post operate 24 hours effective next month to ease the movement of people and goods.
It also agreed to enhance cooperation in security and to harmonise work permits in line with the East African Community Protocol.
Closing the two-day meeting, Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, commended the meeting’s resolutions and said that they would help to propel mutual understanding between the two countries.
“I have no doubt that the renewed energy that has characterized this JPC will guide us and continue to be our working mode in the coming years,” she told The New Times.
“From here we go back with greater commitment and a desire to make sure that what we have agreed will indeed be translated into solid action. I wish to reiterate the commitment of the government of Rwanda to this agreement,” Mushikiwabo said.
“We shall hold JPC on a very regular basis but also with regular monitoring as the only way to make sure we keep moving forward to enforce a mechanism that is official.”
Mushikiwabo also paid a courtesy call on Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, to whom she expressed her appreciation for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to her and her delegation by the government and the people of Uganda.