The Ethiopian Prime Minister, H.E Hailemariam Desalegn and wife Roman Tesfaye, have today concluded a successful 3-day state visit at the invitation of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni .

During their visit, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and his wife, Roman Tesfaye Abneh touch down at President Yoweri Museveni’s farm in Kisozi.

The Ethiopian Prime, Minister Hailemariam and wife Roman Tesfaye Abneh presented art pieces made from goat skin (no paint or ink) to President Museveni and First Lady Janet K Museveni during a State Dinner at State House Entebbe.

I want to salute you ( President Museveni) and the Ugandan people for following us and supporting us in fighting the Al-Shabaab terrorist in Somalia and for AMISOM for having stood out as the most successful peace keeping mission in Africa that has justified that there can be African solutions to African problems. We treasure your leadership as a region. You have made a great contribution to regional stability”, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said.

President Museveni hailed the existing bilateral relationship between Uganda and Ethiopia and described them as excellent. He said that the visit of the Ethiopian Prime Minister to Uganda was simply to rekindle the long cherished brotherhood between the two countries

The political leaders also asked their trade ministers to identify items that can be exported and imported between the two countries to boost trade and investment.

A communiqué issued after a tete- a- tete by the two leaders observed that trade between the two countries need to be prioritized.

“They observed that trade between the two countries needs to be enhanced. They agreed to finalise negotiations of a trade agreement to promote trade and encourage inter Ethiopia-Uganda investments. They directed their ministers to identify the obstacles to trade, negotiate and conclude the agreement on trade, investment promotion and protection,” read the communiqué.

During the meeting the two countries signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on education and sports and women and children. The Ugandan state minister for primary education Rosemary Sseninde and the Ethiopian minister for youth and sports, Restu Yerda, signed the MoU on youth and sports.

The labour, gender and social development minister, Janat Mukwaya, and the Ethiopian minister for women and children, Hambisa Demitu, signed the other MoU.

Desalegn said Ethiopia was growing fast because it adopted the Asian model of development, where the Asian countries learn from one another and try not to leave their sister nations behind.