Mozambican President Armando Emilio Guebuza has called for stronger economic ties with Uganda to realise the potential of both countries.
President Guebuza made the call during a State banquet held in his honour by his host, President Yoweri Museveni Tuesday night.
Contrary to the geographic perspective that Mozambique and Uganda are distant countries, from a diplomatic and political analysis they are neighbours working to become even closer, President Guebuza said.
“Economists will argue that Mozambique and Uganda can further reduce the distance separating them by consolidating the excellent diplomatic and political relations through taking advantage of the many business opportunities,” he added.
He explained that the two countries had different natural resources, which had the potential to be economically complementary.
President Guebuza arrived in Uganda on Tuesday for a State visit seeking to expand common interests in education, health and infrastructure.
On Wednesday, the president took part in celebrations in Rukungiri to mark the 51st anniversary of Uganda’s independence.
During the celebrations, President Museveni decorated President Guebuza with Uganda’s highest honour for heads of State, the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa in recognition of his leadership in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and role in anti-colonial struggle in Mozambique.