Museveni In Sri Lanka


viagra approved geneva; font-size: small;”>The President, see who is being accompanied by the 1st Lady, cheapest Hon. Janet Museveni, was seen off on Monday at Entebbe International Airport by the Vice President, Mr Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.

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Others at the airport included Presidency Minister, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Deputy Head of Public Service, Ms Hilda Musubira as well as senior security officials.

Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, has a population of approximately 21 million and is an island country of 62,710 sq. km in the Indian Ocean.

Tucked away in South Asia of the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka is a net exporter of apparels, tea, rubber and coconut.

The country is also known for her export of best quality spices, gems and jewellery, handicrafts, aquarium, leather and household products.

State House is yet to reveal the real motive behind Museveni’s trip.

However, Chimp Corp Edison Akugizibwe says Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in February called for increased trade relations between Uganda and Sri Lanka as a means of strengthening political ties between the two countries.

Mbabazi made the call while meeting the visiting Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris who was in Kampala.

The delegation had the Sri Lanka Ambassador to Uganda based in Nairobi, T. Raueenthiran and Velupillai Kananathan, the Imperial Group of Companies chief executive officer, among other officials.

Mbabazi hailed diplomatic ties that date far back in 1972. He attributed the low trade between the two countries to exports in generally similar commodities which do not attract high demand from either country.

“We have faced some turbulence in our political life because our instability began in 1966 when the Constitution was overthrown, up to 2005 but Ugandans are happy now that this is past and we are focusing on industrialization,” Mbabazi said.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Information and National Guidance Mary Karooro Okurut, among others.

Mbabazi noted that in the past Uganda depended wholly on external funding for infrastructural projects but this was not sustainable. He said the government can now support a wide range of development initiatives due to increased revenue collections.

Prof. Peiris said terrorism was hurting his country but that was being tamed. He said the country was now stable and developing her tourism potential.

He decried foreign domination, thanking Uganda for support to his government that is headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Peiris said about 65% of his country’s energy requirements come from hydroelectric power.

He called for increased harnessing of the natural resource to benefit especially the women in rural areas.

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