The organising committee of the 4th Ugandan UK Convention is delighted to welcome Lord Popat who will be delivering a ground breaking speech at the ‘Uganda-UK Convention’ the 4th Uganda-UK Trade and Investment Forum, to be held at the Troxy Arena, in London, on 13th September 2014. Aptly set within Canary Wharf – London’s financial district, the Uganda-focused event features the highest calibre of speakers selected from across government, business and investment landscape. Now in its third year, the annual forum attracts over 1000 delegates, in what has become the largest Uganda-focused gathering across the UK & Europe.
About Lord Popat
Government Whip and Lord-in-Waiting
- Commonwealth, in particular India and Africa, and
- Small businesses which prompted Lord Popat to set up a House of Lords cross-party Select Committee on SME Exports to examine what the Government is doing to assist and promote SMEs to export more.
Lord Popat was appointed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron to establish the Conservative Friends of India. CF India was launched in April 2012 by the Prime Minister, which was attended by over 1,100 people from the Indian diaspora.In September 2012, Lord Popat was appointed to become a Party Whip in the House of Lords.
In January 2013, Lord Popat was appointed to become a Government Whip and Lord-in-Waiting in the House of Lords. Lord Popat and has responsibilities for business and transport in the House of Lords.
Background and outside interestsLord Popat was born in Uganda and arrived in the UK in 1971 and was one of the thousands of Ugandan Asians expelled by the dictator Idi Amin at the time. Arriving in the UK with just £10, Lord Popat worked as a waiter to fund his studies. Lord Popat became an Affiliated Member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants in 1977. After completing his studies, Lord Popat built his own corporate finance business in the 1980s before moving into the healthcare and hospitality industries.Lord Popat is involved in a number of voluntary and community organisations across the country and is the Founding Director of St Luke’s Hospice in Harrow, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.
Highlights of the Convention will include a keynote speech delivered by Hon. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi the Vice President of Uganda. Confirmed high profile and prominent speakers, who are active in the public or private sector, either in the UK and/or Uganda include:
- H.E. Edward Ssekandi, Vice President of Uganda
- Mr. Amos Nzeyi (Chairman Pepsi-Uganda)
- Mr. Ismail Ahmed (CEO World Remit)
- Lord Popat (one of the richest persons in UK & founderTLC Group)
- HE Professor Joyce Kikafunda, High Commissioner
- Hon. Daudi Migereko, Minister of Housing
- Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance
- Hon. Wafula Oguttu,Leader of Opposition in Parliament
- H.E Nimisha Madhvani, High Commissioner – France
- Dr. Frank B. Sebbowa, CEO of Uganda Investment Authority
- Hon. Matthias Kasamba (Agriculture)
- H.E. Sabit A. Alley, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in the United Kingdom
- Mr Nuradin Osman, MD for AGCO in Africa & Middle East, AGCO
- H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede (Ethiopia)
- Mr. Kyewalabye-Male D, CEU Buganda Land Board
- HE Mirjam Blaak, Head of Mission, Brussels
- HE Zaake W. Kibedi, Ambassador to the Nordic Countries
- Hon. Ernest Kiiza, Minister of state for Bunyoro Affairs
- HE Mr. Deo Sindayihebura, Embassy of the republic of Burundi
- Hon. Nekesa Barbara Oundo, Minister of state for Karamoja Affairs
- Hon. Kataike Sarah Ndobooli, Minister of state for Luwero Triangle
- Hon. Nakabale Patrick, Youth Central Represantive
- Hon. Allen Andrew, Hon. Allen Andrew
- Hon. Okot Amos, Agago county Member of Parliament
- Hon. Namoe Stella Nyomera, Napak, District Woman Representative
The event, agenda and program for the day are expressly designed to support the country’s efforts to attract foreign direct investment, mark the multitude of merits Uganda presents as a preferred investment destination and paint a candid and contemporary picture of the nation’s regulatory, business and investment climate. The purpose of the Forum is to inform the investors and business community in this region of the vast potential for investment that Uganda is offering to both the domestic and international community. Specifically, the forum will:
- Update investors on priority sectors for investment such as agri-processing infrastructure development, energy, tourism and agro-industries
- Provide an opportunity for those who have invested in Uganda to explain the realities of doing business in Uganda
- Dispel some of the concerns that investors may have about investing in new frontiers such as Uganda
We expect over 1000 people to register for the event. The event will be on an invitation-only but free-to-attend basis. Delegates will be drawn from the following groups:
- The institutional investment community;
- The international banking community;
- Diaspora community
- Organisations involved in infrastructure development, including housing and commercial building, construction, urban regeneration, roads and bridges, information and communication technology, water supplies, power generation, transmission and distribution;
- Manufacturing and agribusiness industries, and companies involved in adding value to primary processes;
- Organisations looking to invest into developing hotels and service industries;
- Representatives from key bilateral and multilateral donor agencies.
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