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Museveni attends Uganda’s National Day celebration at Expo 2020 Dubai

Museveni speaks at the Dubai Expo 2020 on Sunday

President Museveni on Sunday attended Uganda’s National Day celebration at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The celebration began with the raising of the Ugandan flag in Al Wasl Plaza, followed by several speeches, a cultural performance, and a media briefing on business opportunities available in Uganda.

Museveni was received by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and the Commissioner-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State, and Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimi, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of the Expo 2020 Dubai Office.

President called the site and the Emirati effort to build the small city “a challenge to the Africans” as they had “turned a desert into a center of affluence.”

“Yesterday when I arrived, they took me for COVID test,” he said. “In Africa, sometimes we say, ‘big people should not be checked.’”

Sheikh Nahyan highlighted the importance of showcasing Uganda’s presence at the expo, as it is one of the fastest-growing economies in East Africa and has one of the highest percentages of young people among the world’s countries.

Museveni was accompanied by a delegation comprising Jacob Oulanyah, Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rukia Nakadama Isanga, Third Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda, and Alhaji Abubakar Gigi Odongo, Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The delegation toured the expo’s various exhibits, including the UAE pavilion, where they discussed trade and business opportunities.

The Ugandan pavilion at the expo, organised under the theme, “The Right Place, Right Time,” is located in the Opportunities area, which reflects the country’s stature as a key trade, transportation and logistical centre, in addition to its regional importance.

‘There is nothing you cannot produce in Uganda – from raw materials of agriculture, raw materials of forest products, raw materials of marine products, raw materials of food and beverages,’ Museveni said in Dubai.

‘We have also got a highly educated population with a lot of scientists and technicians. So you can produce knowledge-based products.’

Museveni tours the pavilion of Uganda in Dubai

‘The market is there’

For market for their products, the Ugandan president assured interested investors that his nation of 42 million people is projected to grow to 100 million in the next three decades.

Yet that is not the only market.

‘Once you produce a product in Uganda, it can be sold in the whole of Africa. We now have the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and Africa has now a population of 1.4 billion people. They will be 2.5 billion in 2050. So you have the market of Uganda, the market of East Africa, the market of COMESA and the market of the whole of Africa,’ said Museveni.

Inspired by Uganda’s famous tours, the country’s pavilion at Expo 2020 offers visitors a journey linking different times, eras and places, highlighting how adventure and opportunity converge in today’s Uganda.

The pavilion also offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in Uganda’s unique combination of amazing natural scenery and attractive business climate. Through its participation in Expo 2020, Uganda aims to showcase its exports including boxes of Kayonza tea and Lato Milk and its unique tourism and wildlife attractions as well as emerging investment opportunities, especially in agriculture, industry, energy, minerals, oil and gas.

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