2 June 2013

Uganda: Museveni Defends Private Sector At TICAD

Yokohama — Inadequate development of the infrastructure, especially electricity is among the factors affecting development of African countries, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

He made the remarks (Full speech below) Saturday at the opening of the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) taking place in Yokohama, Japan.

On the sidelines of the five-yearly Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, Alex Godwin Coutinho of Uganda received the 2nd Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for medical services category at an awards ceremony. Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended as winners Peter Piot of Belgium, and Coutinho were honoured.

Museveni is among the 40 African Heads of State and over 3000 delegates attending the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama port city, 30km southwest of the capital Tokyo. The leaders are discussing creation of robust and sustainable economies inclusive and resilient societies underpinned by peace and security.

Presidents of South Sudan, Somalia and Kenyan Vice President William Ruto are attending the conference for the first time. This years' theme is "Hand in Hand with a more dynamic Africa. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, World Bank president and over 20 African presidents addressed the conference yesterday.

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