President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has come out to say that East Africa must unite if the region is to survive.
He made the remarks while in Tanzania where he is currently holding bilateral talks with the Tanzanian president H.E Samia Suluhu.
Museveni while in Tanzania said that he was happy to tell Ugandans, Tanzanians and the entire world that the activities on the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project are complete.
Museveni says that unlike some of the developed countries such as Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea who either have have oil or don’t have it, East Africa has both.
Therefore once the environmental challenges have been addressed, the region will have the potential to achieve robust development.
“Unlike Japan or Korea or Saudi Arabia who either do not have oil or only have oil, EastAfrica has got everything: agriculture, minerals, forests, oil, gas, etc. Once the environmental concerns are addressed, the sky is the limit,” Museveni said.
He further added that the East African region will need to fully cooperate if it’s to solve it’s own problems.
Museveni said that it’s therefore imperative an East African federation is thought of because it will help to ease this cause.
The President further added that in the different meetings he had with the Tanzanian President, they emphasized the importance of bilateral relationships.
The President is still in Tanzania for more official duties.