Sudan to start direct flights to Entebbe
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has welcomed the designation of TARCO Airlines, a Sudanese private Carrier to start direct flights between Khartoum and Entebbe. The airline has been previously flying to Chad, Nigeria, South Sudan, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates since 2009.
However, the government of Sudan recently designated TARCO airline to fly to Entebbe, easing flights between Uganda and Sudan. The process is however pending clearance by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Works and Transport.
During a meeting with his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, President Yoweri Museveni observed that the designation of the flight route would greatly improve connectivity between the two countries and promote trade, tourism and investment.
Sudan is one of Uganda’s major coffee export markets importing 20 percent of Uganda coffee. The country is also the single biggest export market for the product from which about USD 100 million is earned, according to data released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The presidents also observed that the lifting of trade and economic sanctions that had been unilaterally imposed on Sudan by the United States for nearly 20 years, is an opportunity for boosting trade volumes between the countries and called upon the business communities and private sectors to take advantage of this positive development.
According to a Joint Communique issued after a meeting between the two presidents last night, the two presidents also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Higher Education between the two countries.