Uganda Ready to Host India-Africa Business Forum

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda with the President of India Pranab Mukherjee and King Mswati III of Swaziland at the opening of the 12th India Africa Business Conclave in New Delhi in 9th March

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has offered Uganda’s readiness to host the next round of the India-Africa Business Forum, unhealthy Chimp Corps report.

Speaking at the opening of the 12th India-Africa Project Partnership Conclave in New Delhi on 9th March, Dr Rugunda said that Uganda welcomed the plans by the organisers to convene the 13th forum in Africa.

“Uganda is ready to welcome and host the next conclave on behalf of the African continent,” Rugunda said.

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In a separate meeting with the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee after the opening of the forum, Rugunda said the decision to take the forum to Africa would be further testimony to the deepening business ties between the two regions.

Rugunda also told the forum that in Uganda, the Indian community is playing a ‘significant role in the economy.

“Members of the Indian and Asian community who number about 30,000 are playing a critical role in the economy of Uganda with their involvement in the agriculture, manufacturing and hospitality industries,” he said.

“We are inciting many more serious investors from India to come and tap opportunities in tourism, ICT, medical and education services, infrastructure and agroprocessing sectors,” Rugunda added.

Prime Minister Rugunda with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee  in India

Prime Minister Rugunda with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in India

Speaking at the same event, the President of India Pranab Mukherjee praised the historical and growing relationship between India and Africa saying the two regions have strong shared bonds of trade.

The conclave, now in its 12th edition, has become premier forum that brings together representatives of Government and the private sector from Africa and India.


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