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Commonwealth says Uganda on course in CHOGM preparations PDF Print E-mail

 16th April 2007

Commonwealth delegation led by Deputy Secretary-General was in Uganda to inspect summit infrastructure
Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Florence Mugasha says Uganda has made significant progress in its preparations to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kampala in November.

At a news conference on 13 April 2007, Mrs Mugasha declared: “Uganda is 75 per cent ready. There are a few outstanding things which the Government of Uganda is working to accomplish. We are confident they will be ready.

“We came here to share ideas on how to deliver a top-class CHOGM. We have held very fruitful discussions,” Mrs Mugasha said.

The Deputy Secretary-General’s delegation included Political Affairs Director Matthew Neuhaus, Deputy Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, Head of Mrs Mugasha's Office Ayodele Oke, Head of Conference Section Lorna McLaren and Head of IT Henry Nyambu. The delegation met with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa and sub-committees that are part of the Uganda CHOGM National Task Force. They inspected summit infrastructure -- from hotels and roads to cellular telephone and Internet access.

In meetings with officials, Mrs Mugasha called for greater speed in completing the hotel designated as a media centre, as well as capacity-building for the host broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation.

An Aide Memoire on administrative arrangements for the summit will be published this week. It will be sent to governments and posted on the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Uganda CHOGM websites (http://www.thecommonwealth.org/ and http://www.chogm2007.ug/ ). Accreditation for the summit will start soon afterwards.

Asked by reporters if Zimbabwe would attend the CHOGM summit, Mrs Mugasha replied: “Zimbabwe is not a member of the Commonwealth and so it will not be invited. However, as a former member, we are deeply concerned about the suffering of the people there. Zimbabwe can only re-apply to join the Commonwealth once it resolves the issues that had led it to leave the organisation.”
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