Kampala, (UG): President Yoweri Museveni spent most of his Saturday inspecting and assessing the readiness of various infrastructure projects as Uganda prepares to host the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 77 (G-77) plus the China Third South summits in January next year.
“I took time to tour certain roads, the conference venue in Munyonyo, and the International airport in Entebbe,” H.E Museveni posted via X on Sunday afternoon.
Uganda is set to host the two summits from 15th-23rd January 2024 at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, which summits according to President Museveni, will provide a platform for global cooperation and solidarity, and for advancing common goals.
The conference, which is expected to run between January 15 and 23, 2024, under the theme: “Deepening cooperation for shared global affluence”, with the Third South Summit focussing on “Leaving no one behind”, is part of the country’s responsibility in the new leadership role.
Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, the chairman of the Ruparelia Group of companies, which owns Speke Resort Munyonyo, toured around the President in the modern multipurpose Convention Centre, which has facilities such as the high-end conference meeting rooms, and a 4,000-seater auditorium where NAM delegates will be hosted.
On his visit to the airport facility, Mr. Fred Bamwesigye, the Director General of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority informed the President that they had upgraded the facility with the latest CCTV camera technology.
He added that the new terminal is twice the capacity of the old one at 20,000 square meters and is expected to take in more than three million passengers per year, and mentioned that the cargo centre has a capacity of 100,000 metric tonnes citing that its quantity is steadily increasing.
The president emphasised the relevance of collaboration among government agencies, which he said will ensure that the ongoing projects meet the aspirations.
At the site tour, Mr Museveni was accompanied by the First Daughter, Mrs Natasha Karugire and top government officials led by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, the Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs, Hajjat Minsa Kabanda.
Other officials included the Head of Public Service and Chairperson of the National Organizing Committee of NAM and G-77 summits, Ms. Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye, the Minister of State for Works and Transport, Hon. Musa Ecweru and the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Ms. Dorothy Kisaka.
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