PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni on Monday held discussions with the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, at his farm in Kisozi, Gomba County in Mpigi district.
Museveni and the Aga Khan, a big time multi-sectoral investor in Uganda, discussed ways of promoting the tourism industry to further enhance country’s national economic development, a statement issued by the Presidential Press Unit (PPU) said yesterday. The Minister of State for Investments, Sam Kutesa, of Regional Co-operation, Col. Kahinda Otafiire, and the managing director of Uganda Investment Authority, Dr. Maggie Kigozi, attended the meeting.
Aga Khan’s economic empire in Uganda include Industrial Promotions Services, Kampala Pharmaceuticals Industries, Leather Industries, Uganda Fishnet Manufacturers, Diamond Jubilee Investment Trust, Diamond Trust Bank, Diamond Trust Properties, Jubilee Insurance Company, Jubilee Investments limited and has a controlling stake in The Monitor.
The Aga Khan has also investments in health and education.
Museveni said the Government was determined to see that all businesses in the country were fully run by the private sector.
He said arrangements could be made to enable tourists from outside Uganda to disembark at any aerodrome of their choice without necessarily passing through Entebbe International Airport.
The Aga Khan noted that tourism was an important sector in Uganda’s economic development. Ends
Published on: Wednesday, 26th February, 2003