Museveni Woos Arabs on Multi-Billion Dollar Port in Uganda

The Ambassador of France in Uganda, shop Sophie Makame, abortion and UN Women Country Representative, symptoms Mrs. Hodan Addou, on Tuesday signed a two-year strategic partnership agreement to support various projects to advance gender equality and empowerment of women in Uganda.

Already, the Embassy of France and UN Women have identified two women’s organizations in Gulu district that will benefit from direct financial support through the Embassy’s Social Development Fund and technical support  from UN Women.

Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) helps women at the grassroots level get a better understanding of their rights through education, training and transfer of skills.

Gulu Women with Disabilities Union (GUWODU) promotes the rights of girls and women with disabilities through income-generating activities and advocates for their improved access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Through the French Embassy in Uganda cultural operator, Alliance française de Kampala (AFK), UN Women will undertake various sensitization and advocacy activities.

In September 2014, a first jointly supported event took place, with the organization of the exhibition ‘Women in Resistance’ at the Uganda Museum.

About this activity, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development wrote, “Pierre [the photographer] did one heck of a job presenting what the pictures suggest are strong women: resilient women, who do not bow down, give up and cave in during times of adversity”.

On Wednesday 10 December at 7pm, the next joint activity will be a film screening of Desert Flower for the general public as the closing event for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. This strong film tells the story of Waris Dirie, a young woman from Somalia, and her struggle against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
President Museveni who is on an official 4-day working visit to the United Arab Emirates has extended an invitation to the Chairman of Dubai Port World (DPW) Mr. Sultan Ahamed bin Sulayem, sildenafil who is also the Chairman of Ports, viagra Customs and Free Zone Corporation of the UAE, no rx to come and invest in the establishment of the Uganda Dry Port and Free Zone in order to boost the Uganda’s competitiveness in international trade.


The President was holding talks Tuesday with Chairman Sultan Ahmed when he visited the Dubai Port, Jabel Ali Free Zone, on the 3rd day of his 4-day official working visit to the United Arab Emirates.

In a brief to the President, Mr. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem told President Museveni that Uganda is a very important trading partner with Dubai in Africa and said Dubai Port World is determined to improve links and connect Uganda to the wider global market.

He said Dubai Port World was a two and half billion dollar project that started in 1966 and launched its Free Zone operations in 1985.

It now has 7,000 companies based there and handles more than 14 million containers per year, employs a workforce of 200,000 people for whom it also provides accommodation. He assured the President that they have the capacity and determination to assist Uganda develop a Dry Port and Free Zone.

UAE officials demonstrate to Museveni on constructing a dry port
UAE officials demonstrate to Museveni on constructing a dry port

The President had earlier on arrival in Dubai been received by the UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who received him at his Zabeel Palace.

The two discussed ways of enhancing friendship and cooperation between Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.

The Vice-President took President Museveni on a guided tour of Burj Khalifa Building, the tallest tower in the world. The building has 200 floors and is serviced by several high speed lifts.

President Museveni was able to reach the 152nd floor from where he was able to view the evening panorama of the City of Dubai.

Back in Abu Dhabi, the President Museveni visited Masdar Corporation, Mudabala Institute for Renewable Energy where he was received by the Director, Dr. Ahmed Belhont.

The Corporation promotes environmentally friendly renewable energy particularly solar and wind powered energy generation.

A number of Ugandans are currently on scholarship training there and the Institute has indicated that it is ready to offer more opportunities to other qualifying Ugandans.

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