The talks aimed to find a resolution to the trade dispute that has hindered the flow of Ugandan milk into Kenyan markets.
The meeting between the two leaders, held in a diplomatic spirit, underscored the importance of fostering stronger regional trade relations and resolving trade disputes amicably.
President Museveni expressed his concerns about the blockade, which has negatively impacted Ugandan dairy farmers and the overall economy.
Both leaders acknowledged the significance of the dairy sector in supporting livelihoods and economic growth in their respective countries.
They recognized that a mutually beneficial solution was essential to ensure the continuous supply of Ugandan milk to Kenyan markets while safeguarding the interests of local dairy farmers.
During the talks, President Museveni and Deputy President Ruto explored various avenues to address the blockade. They discussed potential measures to improve trade facilitation, enhance cross-border cooperation, and reduce bureaucratic barriers that hinder the smooth movement of goods between the two nations.
Additionally, the leaders emphasized the importance of adhering to regional trade agreements and protocols, such as the East African Community (EAC) protocols, to promote fair and equitable trade practices.
They highlighted the need for transparent and predictable trade policies to foster an enabling environment for businesses and promote regional integration.
President Museveni and Deputy President Ruto expressed their commitment to finding a swift resolution to the milk blockade issue.
They agreed to establish a joint task force comprising representatives from both countries to examine the challenges faced by the dairy sector and propose practical solutions to promote trade harmonization.
As the meeting concluded, both leaders expressed optimism about the prospects of resolving the milk blockade and strengthening bilateral trade ties.
They reiterated their commitment to fostering a climate of cooperation, trust, and mutual benefit between Uganda and Kenya.
Conclusively the high-level talks between President Museveni and Deputy President Ruto centered on finding a resolution to the Ugandan milk blockade issue.
The leaders recognized the importance of a vibrant dairy sector and emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to address the trade dispute.
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