President Museveni on Thursday afternoon arrived in Kigali, Rwanda to a rousing welcome ahead of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Mr Museveni, who travelled to Kigali by road, was received by thousands of Rwandese who had lined up along the roads in Kigali. He flew on a helicopter from Entebbe to Gatuna, then travelled by road to Kigali.
The Ugandan leader also waved in return, creating a lot of excitement among the Rwandese.
“I thank the people of Rwanda for the warm welcome. Murakoze Cyane,” he later tweeted.
The President’s visit to Rwanda comes on the backdrop of improved diplomatic relations between the two countries. Rwandan President Paul Kagame visited Uganda last month after nearly four years following strained relations between the countries.
He is joining a number of other heads of government that are set to be in Kigali for the same CHOGM meeting.
According to information from the government of Rwanda, up to 35 Heads of Government confirmed that they will be coming to Kigali CHOGM.
They are among the 5000 delegates who have attended the meeting that kicked off on Sunday, June 19.
Paul Kagame on June 23 received Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
According to the Office of the President, the two leaders held talks on existing partnerships between Rwanda and the UK, including the recent Migration and Economic Development partnership.
Held under a theme: “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming,” the heads of governments will assess different challenges in the Commonwealth and chart a way forward for political, social, and economic solutions for member countries.
The Kigali International Finance Centre, mining, manufacturing, digital innovations in a wide range of sectors, as well as education, are some of the areas where Rwanda is showcasing abundance of investment opportunities during the Commonwealth Business Forum in Kigali.
Agriculture is a major economic sector for Rwanda, employing about 54% of the active population and the industry contributes about 24% to GDP. Key opportunities identified in the sector include Gabiro agro park: development of 15,600 hectares of a fully irrigated commercial farm to be available through lease for farming investors.
The Gako meat project is another one. The objective is to develop a farm of 5,600 hectares to table an animal operation, producing high-quality meat for export markets. The project provides potential opportunities in farming, feedlot, feed mill, slaughtering houses, tannery and rendering.