As Uganda prepares to host the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Group of 77 (G-77) + China summits, a specialized team has been established by the government to manage the arrival of between 1,000 and 1,500 delegates at Entebbe International Airport. The summits are scheduled to take place consecutively, with NAM from January 15 to 20 and G-77 from January 21 to 23.
Mr. Ayub Sooma, the director of airports and aviation security at Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), assured the media during a guided tour that all necessary arrangements have been made to facilitate a smooth reception for the arriving delegates.
He outlined that Presidents and other heads of state arriving on private charters will land at the VVIP (very, very important person) section, where they will be received by convoys and transported to their respective hotels or the summit venue. Similarly, heads of state arriving on commercial flights will be picked up on the airport tarmac and taken to the VVIP section before being transported to their destinations.
For delegates not falling into these categories, a special team has been designated to ensure efficient clearance through the standard process. Mr. Sooma expressed confidence, stating, “We are 100 percent ready to receive NAM delegates,” highlighting the extensive preparations that included dry runs on January 10 and December 17.
A significant aspect of the preparations involves coordinating more than 20 convoys, ready to transport guests, especially presidents, to their destinations. The director emphasized proper delegates and baggage management, as well as ample parking space to accommodate between 66 and 100 aircraft.
The media tour also covered Speke Resort Munyonyo, the venue for the summits, where journalists faced initial entry denials due to a lack of prior notification to the hotel management. Despite the initial hiccup, reporters were permitted a brief look at the convention center from the entrance.
Meanwhile, roadworks essential for the events are progressing well, with the Kampala Flyover reported to be 93 percent complete. Allan Ssempebwa, the communication officer of the Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra), affirmed the completion of major routes and beautification efforts, ensuring smooth transportation for delegates to the summit venue.