KAMPALA – Organisers of the G77 +China Summit have been forced to postpone the Kampala event, citing worries over the COVID-19 coronavirus.
According to Amb Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations and the current External Adviser on G77 matters, the summit that was to take place at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala between 16-19, April 2020 has been postponed.
“Due to the corona virus pandemic and in consultation with the G77 member states, the Third South Summit that was to take place 16-19 April 2020 has been postponed to a later date this year,” Amb Adonia Ayebare tweeted.
He, however, noted that pre -summit preparations will continue.
Due to the corona virus pandemic and in consultation with the G77 member states , the Third South Summit that was to take place 16-19 April 2020 has been postponed to a later date this years. Pre -summit preparations will continue. @G77_UNHQ @UN_PGA
— Adonia Ayebare (@adoniaayebare) March 5, 2020
Africa Tembelea understands, the summit that was mainly to focus on trade between countries, investment and humanitarian aid, now joins a growing list of conferences and events canceled world wide over potential health issues connected to the virus.
– 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.
It has a one-year rotational leadership that is currently being held by Guyana. In 2021 the leadership is expected to be taken over by an African country which will be selected at a future date during the Kampala summit.