Museveni welcomes India’s efforts to develop Uganda as he hosts Modi

Kenneth Kazibwe

Kenneth Kazibwe

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President Museveni has applauded India’s efforts geared towards developing the third world countries, Uganda inclusive.

The Indian Prime Minister Nerendra Modi on Tuesday afternoon arrived in Uganda for a two-day state visit which he commenced with meeting President Museveni at State House, Entebbe.

Speaking at Entebbe, Museveni said India has always been handy in helping third world countries solve some of their problems.

“When we were fighting colonialism, we worked together, now we’re working together to develop the third world and I’m very happy to be working with the Prime Minister of India,”Museveni said.

According to Museveni, the relationship between the two countries will be strengthened more with the revival of the Uganda Airline which he said would help promote tourism, and more Indian tourists will be visiting Uganda.

“If the Indian tourists come here for tourism, they leave their dollars here to balance our trade accounts.”
The two leaders emphasised trade, investment and tourism between the two countries which were formerly colonised by Britain.

“We can support the prosperity of Indian people by buying their products as well as them buying ours,”Museveni added.

Addressing the media with my guest, His Excellency, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, at State House Entebbe. I welcome His Excellency Modi and his entourage to Uganda.

Posted by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Ugandan president applauded his visitor for the changes he has spearheaded in India which he said have helped the Asian country move to become one of the fastest growing economies.

The Indian Prime Minister, Modi said it was an honor for him to be the first leader from his country to address the Ugandan parliament.

He added that his visit will help strengthen the relationship with Uganda and cooperation in a number of areas including health, ICT, infrastructure and defence.

Modi is expected to meet the Indian community at Kololo independence grounds and the business community on Wednesday before addressing the Ugandan parliament.

He will end his two-day visit on Wednesday before proceeding to South Africa where he will added the BRICS(Brazil, Russia,India,China and South Africa) summit.