Uganda to Host South African Delegation for the 2nd Joint Commission for Cooperation 

The 2nd Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of South Africa will be held from 7th -12th July 2022 at the Serena Conference Centre in Kampala.

According to officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the purpose of this meeting will be to review Bilateral relations and further strengthen cooperation for mutual benefit of both Uganda and South Africa in key sector areas of Diplomatic & Political Consultations, Trade & Investment, Agriculture, Transport, Education and Health.

‘’The South African Delegation will be led by Hon. Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa’’, said a source at MoFA.
South Africa is one of the fastest growing sources of foreign direct investment for Uganda. South African investments include areas like telecommunications (MTN Uganda), Breweries (SAB Millers), Finance (Stanbic Bank), wholesale and retail (Shoprite Checkers, Metro Cash and Carry, Woolworths, Game), poultry (Bokomo), energy (Eskom) and many others.

Trade relations between the two countries continue to grow from strength to strength as Uganda’s exports to South Africa include cotton, gold, fish fillets, tobacco, coffee and fresh flowers.

South Africa’s exports include machinery, motorcars, plastics, chemicals and electronics, parts and accessories, petroleum, live animals, books and news print, textiles, footwear, vehicles, aircrafts and household goods. South Africa could strengthen links in a number of areas including information technology, health services, agro-processing, biotechnology and chemicals.

‘’A solid framework for co-operation exists between the two countries. South Africa and Uganda concluded a Convention on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income in 1997’’, said an official at Mofa.
In May 2000 they signed an Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments. In 2002, South Africa and Uganda signed a Bilateral Trade Agreement. The two countries signed an agreement establishing a Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation. It enhances cooperation in areas like defence, trade and investment, foreign relations, health, agriculture and education.

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