The Rwandan government reopens the Gatuna border crossing between Rwanda and Uganda to restore bilateral ties. The border was closed in February 2019 due to increasing political tensions between Kigali and Kampala. The reopening is anticipated to encourage regional integration, boost growth and reduce poverty in the regions.
This is an important milestone for both countries to return to normal relations, restore cross-border trade, and enable the free movement of people, capital, and labor that had remarkably decreased.
The border opening will bring about social & economic activities and aid the casual cross-border traders that depend on the border to supply and market their goods. The health authorities of Rwanda and Uganda will work together to develop essential measures to manage movement in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This demonstrates the dedication and cooperation between the EAC Heads of State to increase and deepen collaboration, with the expected entry of the Democratic Republic of Congo.