The Dubai Expo 2020 was officially opened last night in grandeur with 190+ participating countries and over 900 performers for the spectacular opening ceremony.
President Museveni would be part of the expo and would hold bilateral discussions with leaders from the United Arab Emirates.
The president would also attend the “Uganda National Day”, a special event prepared for the country by expo organisers, to be held on October 3, 2021 in Abu Dhabi.
Addressing press at Foreign Affairs ministry in Kampala on Thursday, ICT and National Guidance minister Hon Chris Baryomunsi said officials from the ministry of trade and tourism will also sign several agreements which he said will be made known to the country in due course.
Baryomunsi dismissed reports claiming that some media houses were being given preferential treatment when it came to those traveling to Dubai to cover the event.
“I would like to clarify that government has no discrimination policy. We value all media houses and journalists,” he noted, adding that there would be a system allowing rotational participation of media houses.
Speaking at the same press conference, State Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Harriet Ntabazi, said Uganda is participating at the Expo 2020 in Dubai to promote trade between Uganda and the greater Middle East market, attract investments in the sectors of Infrastructure, Mining, Health, Agriculture, Real Estate, Energy, Industrialization, Oil and Gas, promote Uganda’s tourism (“Destination Uganda”) which has won international recognition as a premium tourist destination and enhance bilateral relations especially with the organizers, the Government of UAE.
“We also intend to promote Uganda’s tourism potential as a premium tourism destination. We plan to enhance bilateral relations especially with the Government of UAE at the expo,” said Ntabazi.
Ntabazi informed press that the six-month Expo 2020 Dubai will run from today, Friday 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
“Our participation in the Expo will increase our presence as well as the market share,” the Minister added.
Ntabazi dismissed reports that some government officials would include their relatives and friends on the travel list saying the delegation was fairly selected and the private sector too would be prioritised.
Meanwhile, Uganda Airlines announced that it would be flying all Ugandans who will participate in the expo as it starts direct flights to Dubai (set to launch on 4th October 2021).
Doreen Nambatya, the Ag. Sales & Marketing Manager at Uganda Airlines, said they will be offering fair rates for the travellers.
She said the Airbus which will be flying to Dubai is spacious and comfortable, urging importers and exporters to ‘fly the Crane’ at competitive prices.