Uganda last week showcased her business, tourism and national achievements at the ongoing Astana EXPO2017 in Kazakhstan.
The highlights of the Uganda day on July 24th 2017 included a press conference, a presentation about Uganda through a statement by the head of the delegation, a video on Uganda and entertainment by Ugandan drummers and dancers. The day was crowned by a meeting with business leaders and a dinner.
The Astana Expo is an international trade platform that provides opportunity for companies, including those in Uganda, keen on penetrating the Kazakhstan market and Eastern European markets to showcase and promote their products and services throughout a three month period. Over 5 million visitors attend the event that runs from June to September.
The Astana Expo2017 theme this year is “Future Energy.” With three major sub themes that include; Future Energy for Africa; Biodiversity in Africa; African Cultural Diversity.
Uganda’s delegation constituted a government and private sector team led by the Charge d’Affaires Uganda Embassy Moscow, Ambassador Gideon Rutazindwa, Uganda Export Promotion Board, represented by the Executive Director, Dr. Elly Twineyo, Ronald Baluku from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an official from the Ministry of Energy and representatives from the Private Sector Foundation, Uganda Tea Growers Association and a Ugandan Entertainment group.
Speaking on behalf of the Uganda Delegation, Amb. Rutazindwa said that Uganda is proud to have participated in the historic event and invited participants to visit the Uganda pavilion.
“We hope that the people of Kazakhstan get a glimpse of our mountain gorillas and all the beauty that Uganda has to offer, taste of Uganda tea; coffee; and a catalogue of existing investment opportunities at the Ugandan pavilion”.
Amb Rutazindwa told the participants that he believed there was so much Uganda could learn from Kazakhstan given the impressive ranking as the largest economy in central Asia.
“As we strive to modernize our economy” he said, “Uganda will continue to seek support and cooperation from Kazakhstan in developing the following specific core areas of investment; Energy & Mineral resources, Trade and Investment, Agriculture, Infrastructure Development and Tourism”
Amb Rutazindwa concluded by stating that Uganda looked to Kazakhstan’s successful transformation as a model that will provide Uganda with new ideas and lessons to unlock our potential in the oil and mineral sector.