Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, accompanied by a high-level delegation, is scheduled to arrive in Kigali on Friday for a four-day State visit.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the purpose of the visit is to further advance the ongoing multi-sectoral cooperation between the two countries.
"Uganda and Rwanda enjoy strong and historical ties, including shared membership in the East African Community as well as the Commonwealth; and we are constantly looking for ways the people of our two countries can continually benefit from that relationship,” Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement. “The upcoming visit by President Museveni fits in that perspective.”
The State visit will be preceded by a two-day Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) meeting led by both countries’ Foreign Ministers, Mushikiwabo and Sam Kutesa of Uganda.
Building on the March 2010 Joint Permanent Commission, held in Kampala, Uganda, this year’s discussions will focus on ways to enhance mutually beneficial bilateral programs and upgrade existing ones in various areas including, trade, customs, security, infrastructure and ICT.
On the first day of the visit, Presidents Kagame and Museveni will have a joint meeting with both Foreign Ministers to validate the outcomes of the bilateral meeting.
On Saturday, President Museveni will join hands with the Rwandan people in the monthly "Umuganda" community service.
Museveni will also tour the recently established free trade zone, visit the Ugandan community in Rwanda and hold a joint press conference with President Kagame, before his return.