Sudhir Camps In Munyonyo To Ensure Proper Preparatory Works For G77, NAM Summits Due For January 2024 At Speke Resort Convention Centre

Sudhir Camps In Munyonyo To Ensure Proper Preparatory Works For G77, NAM Summits Due For January 2024 At Speke Resort Convention Centre
Tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia explains the processes to President Museveni recently when he toured the facility.

By Kanakulya Stephen Galiwango&

Michael Ssendiwala-In Munyonyo

KAMPALA- As Uganda Prepares to host the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 77 (G-77) China summits, which are due to take place in early January 2024, Businessman and Chairman Ruparelia Group Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia decided to camp at the Speke Resort Convention Centre in Munyonyo ahead of the Summits since October 2023.

Dr. Sudhir’s decision to leave his bungalow home in Kololo and spend sleepless nights for two months since October 2023 to date is a sign of Commitment, Patriotism as well as endless pay efforts to ensure good preparations on behalf of Uganda the Pearl of Africa as a Host for International our international guests.

We the writers of this story, have seen Dr. Shudir who is also the Honorary Consulate of “NAPEL “ in Uganda is dining and working with over 8000 Ugandans at the site  24 hours round the clock that is day and night and that is an example of being patriotic.

In a joint venture, the government and businessman Sudhir Ruparelia are building a contemporary Magnificent Convention Centre at Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo to host the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the G-77 summits in January 2024.

The Latest information reveals that the construction of the Speke Resort Convention Centre at Munyonyo is almost complete and the Government has already confirmed 90 percent progress of works.

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President Museveni, recently inspected and assessed the readiness of various infrastructure projects in  Kampala  Capital City of Uganda ahead of the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 77 (G-77) +China Third South summits  and  he was impressed with the preparatory works at the Convention Centre.

NAM will run under the theme: “Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence” whereas the Third South summit will focus on “Leaving No One Behind.”

The Chairman of the Ruparelia Group Sudhir Ruparelia is optimistic he will beat the deadline to deliver the facility fully furnished by  end of December.

It will cost him $47 million (shs 172 billion) to oversee the completion of this one of a kind center.

Dr Sudhir was selected to take up the venture because of his financial muscle and experience in leisure industry and having vast expertise in construction.

Then government through Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) entered a joint venture with the businessman on a 50/50% shareholding basis.

Each party contributed $10 million as equity. Government lent the consortium $27 million.

Once it’s completed, the center will also play a mega role in promotion of the conference tourism.



Some of the amazing features in the $40 million (Shs140 billion) project were revealed in our earlier news articles and stories , and the construction will include a 4,500-seat ultra-modern auditorium, a Suspended Restaurant overlooking Lake Victoria, and additional presidential suites with smaller  conference rooms for side line meetings during the NAM summit.

Sudhir and his on Rajiv supervising the progress of the facility (file photo)

Speaking during the media launch of the two summits, the chief organizer, Lucy Nakyobe said Uganda will achieve both tangible and intangible benefits for her citizens.

“The returns on investment for these summits are many, both visible and invisible.  We shall have a business forum as a die event which we hope to promote trade and manufacturing industry, investment promotion, tourism by selling our country to guests who will be here so they can influence others to come,” Nakyobe said.

“There is also socioeconomic benefit for our people. The visitors don’t just come but also spend, we shall therefore get some money from them. There is also social interaction, political benefit as a vote of confidence in our president and the country at large to be able to host the two summits but above all, they will increase visibility for Uganda.” She added  saying this is the time for us to get on the map of the world and be visible.

Founded in 1961 with a goal of promoting cooperation among nations, independent of major power blocs, the Non-Aligned Movement is a forum of 120 developing countries that advocate for peace, security, and development.

On the other side, the Group of 77 (G77) + China was established in 1964 as a coalition of developing nations that focuses on economic cooperation and sustainable development. It aims to promote the collective interests of its member countries and enhance their negotiating capacity in international forums.

The Convention Center can accommodate well over 4,000 guests at the same time one of the biggest in the EAC region .The center is all about serendipity .