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Tunis, 1 October 2007 – The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Mr. Donald Kaberuka will on Wednesday, 3 October 2007, begin an official visit to Uganda, a country that has maintained over 40 years of strong and mutually beneficial relations with the Bank Group.
During the week-long tour, Mr. Kaberuka will meet President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and hold discussions with members of his government, in particular, Prime Minister Apollo Msibambi; Finance, Planning and Economic Development Minister as well as Governor for his country in the AfDB; Mr. Ezra Suruma and Bank of Uganda Governor, Mr. Tumusiime Mutebile.
He will later give a memorial lecture in honour of Joseph Mubiru, instituted by the Bank of Uganda to honour its first governor and to celebrate the pursuit of professional excellence and high moral and ethical values, at the Speke Resort, Munyoyo, in Kampala.
The visit includes interactions with ministers in charge of Agriculture, livestock, and Fisheries; Education and Sports; Health; Water and Environment; Works and Transport; and Local Government.
This will be followed by meetings with the Uganda Joint Assistant Strategy /General Budget Support development partners and heads of diplomatic missions in the country.
President Kaberuka will also meet with officials of the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Uganda Manufacturers Association members and visit the Bank Group’s Uganda Field Office at the Crested Towers Building in Kampala.
In line with the Bank Group’s growing emphasis on infrastructure and the need to deliver on its mandate, President Kaberuka will inspect the Bujagali Power project site at Jinja, 89 km north-east of Kampala and a Water and Sanitation Project at Mpigi in central Uganda.
President Kaberuka will conclude the visit with joint press conference with the minister of finance.
The Bank Group has, since the commencement of its operations in Uganda in 1968, financed 102 operations with a total commitment of UA 891.78 million or US$ 1.35 billion.
* 1 UA = 1.51 286 US$ = 2631.84 UGX as at 20/06/2007