KAMPALA – Over 2000 delegates are expected in Uganda’s capital Kampala, to attend the third G77+China Summit.
It will run from April 17th to 19th, at the Speke Resort Munyonyo.
Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, on Friday the Senior Advisor for Communication and Outreach G77 Secretariat, Ambassador Zakaria Fellah said this is a great opportunity for Uganda to market itself to the world.
“Many heads of state with their delegations and other participants from 135 countries will all be flying to Kampala to attend this high-level meeting. It is now up to Uganda to showcase what it has to offer,” he added.
He said the summit will mainly focus on trade between countries, investment and humanitarian aid, among others issues under the theme: “Leave no one behind”.
“This is aimed at boosting the south to south cooperation and trade. We use the summit to speak with one voice to negotiate the best terms with creditors. If any country has any issue, we use this platform to lobby for it as a bloc,” Fellah noted.
He commended President Yoweri Museveni, who has revived the summit after 15 years.
On his part, the head of Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alfred Nnam, said they expect 2000 delegates and over 4000 participants.
“All cameras in the world will be on Uganda. This is going to promote our image as a country and tourism. Ugandans must prepare and offer services to the delegates and other visitors. These people will need accommodation, food, touring and buying several items like crafts,” he noted.
– G77 Summit –
The G77 summit at the United Nations (UN) is a coalition bringing together 135 countries; aimed at promoting its members’ collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity. The G77 was started by 77 members in 1966 but has since expanded to 135 members to date.
It has a one-year rotational leadership that is currently being held by Guyana. In 2021 the leadership will be taken over by an African country which will be selected during the Kampala summit.