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Speaker Among, Sudhir say Speke Convention Center ready for NAM, G77 Summits

Speaker Anita Among (C) flanked by Sudhir Ruparelia and officials during a guided tour to assess the readiness of Munyonyo Convention Centre for the CSPOC, NAM and G77 conferences due January 2024.

Kampala, (UG): The Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, Rt Hon Anita Annet Among has assured the country that final touches are underway to complete the Speke Convention Center at Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo ahead of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Group of 77 (G-77) and China Third South summits.

Ms Among was on Friday, December 22, touring the construction works progress at the magnificent Convention Center where the summit will take place in January 2024.

“Earlier today, together with the Deputy Speaker Rt Hon. @Thomas_Tayebwa, the national organizing committee and technical staff, we had a guided tour of Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort to assess the progress of the ongoing construction works in preparation for the CSPOC, NAM and G77 conferences due next year,” Ms Among said in a post via X (formerly known as Twitter).

She added; “Uganda stands ready to host the delegates, showcasing our commitment to fostering international dialogue and collaboration.”

The Speaker emphasized Uganda’s preparedness to host the international delegates. She highlighted the nation’s commitment to fostering international dialogue and collaboration, positioning Uganda as a welcoming and capable host for these gatherings.

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“I am confident that the premises will provide an excellent setting for successful and impactful events. Uganda stands ready to host the delegates, showcasing our commitment to fostering international dialogue and collaboration.”

Speaker Anita Annet Among (2nd R) joined by Dr Sudhir Ruparelia (R) on a guided tour of Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort ahead of the CSPOC, NAM and G77

Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, the proprietor of the facility said the construction is in the final stages and he gave the Speaker that reassurance.

“We are working day and night to beat the deadline and I am confident we shall deliver everything on schedule,” Sudhir noted.

India ready for NAM summit

Meanwhile, The Indian government has said it is ready for the NAM summit scheduled for January next year. This was revealed by Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s external affairs minister, and Mr Arindan Bacchi who advised Uganda to create strategic partnerships with other countries.

“l recently visited Uganda and when the NAM conference takes place, it is Uganda’s space [to shine]. Every country can benefit from the NAM conference through creating friends who have various experiences and capabilities,” Dr Jaishankar said.

“We are in close contact with the foreign mission. Some things are under discussion. We have high hopes in the NAM conference,” he added.

Dr Jaishankar was responding to questions posed by African journalists on India’s preparedness for the NAM conference and how its presence can benefit the country in terms of infrastructural development.

A total of 15 journalists drawn from 15 African countries were last week invited by the Indian government for a familiarisation tour to India.

Mr Bacchi said the conference is about partnerships, changing structures and talking with one voice to be able to access funds for development.

About the Summit

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The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), a forum of 120 countries was founded in 1961 with the view to advancing the interests of developing countries in the context of cold war confrontation. They (member countries) are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.

Uganda will host both the NAM Summit and Third South Summit (G77 and China) between January 15-23 2024.



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