Uganda was last year selected to host the G77 + China Summit in April this year. The Group of 77 and China (G77) at the United Nations is a coalition of 135 developing nations, designed to promote its members' collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations.
Entebbe International Airport has
been remodified to ease travel needs and clearance for dignitaries coming to Uganda
for the G77 + China summit in April.
The G77 is the largest
intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the United Nations,
used as a platform to articulate and promote their collective economic
interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major
international economic issues. The coalition which was started by 77 countries,
now has 135 member countries.
Uganda was confirmed as the host
of the summit in October, last year making it the first African host for the event, which brings together heads of state of the Group of 77 coalition and more
than 300 other high-level dignitaries from the member states and the United
Nations. The meeting which will take place at the Commonwealth Resort in
Munyonyo from April 17 to 19, 2020.
Last month, a delegation from the
Secretariat of the G77 + China in New York visited Entebbe International
Airport to assess the readiness of Uganda for the summit. The officials, among
other places, visited the Immigration, the arrivals and departure terminals of
Entebbe International Airport and the VIP Lounge.
Eng. Ayub Sooma, the Director for
Aviation Safety and Security at Entebbe International Airport told URN that measures
have been taken to ensure that dignitaries coming for the summit do not go
through the lengthy queues by other travellers and that the airport is not
congested as and when they arrive.
Sooma says that some of the immigration
stalls will be solely reserved for G77 delegates and that these will all use
the VIP section at the airport.
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Entebbe International Airport which,
according to the Civil Aviation Authority was constructed to handle only 200,000
Passengers, as experienced an increase in traffic in recent years. It currently
handles more than 2 million passengers every year.
In January this year, the first
sitting of the G77 + China confirmed that Uganda was ready to host the summit.
Nagamootoo, the Prime Minister of the Cooperate Republic of Guyana, also the
incoming chairperson of the G77 + China highlighted key issues that need to be emphasized
in the summit which among others include the revitalization of the Paris
Agreement and the unification of the G77 + China organization to collective
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The Entebbe International Airport has been undergoing expansion for the last five years. Part of the work covered the construction of airside access roads, landslide accesses, a new cargo centre and the renovation of runways and taxiways. The expansion was mainly undertaken to address passenger traffic challenges, safety and security as well as complying with aviation regulations.