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President Museveni Meets Duke of Edinburgh

President Museveni exchanges gifts with Prince Edward, the Duke of Edinburgh during a meeting at State House Entebbe on Monday. PPU Photo

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Monday met and held discussions with His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward at State House Entebbe.

Prince Edward is a member of the British royal family. He is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.

During their meeting, President Museveni expressed his eagerness to collaborate with British investors and attract more tourists from the United Kingdom, highlighting the potential for mutual growth and prosperity.

The President informed the Prince that he specifically tasked the British High Commissioner to Uganda, H.E Kate Airey, to facilitate these endeavours, underscoring the priority placed on fostering partnerships in business and tourism.

“Your Highness, I tasked Ms. Airey to bring me investors, British companies and tourists. That is what I am interested in from her. Then we have our common wealth cooperation, otherwise it is mainly investments and tourists from the UK,” the President said.

He also extended his heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to King Charles III upon learning of his health status from Prince Edward during the meeting.

On the other hand, the Duke of Edinburgh expressed his interest in Uganda, saying that he will return with his family to explore the country further.

He particularly noted his desire to visit Uganda’s famed gorillas, recognizing the significance of promoting tourism for both nations.

Amid discussions of economic cooperation, Prince Edward shared insights into the Commonwealth’s efforts to engage the youth through leadership programs.

“We are also trying to encourage the Commonwealth to work more with the young people through Youth leadership program which was passed during the last CHOGM,” said Prince Edward who is the chair/ patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, a title that was previously held by his late father, Prince Philip, who founded the programme in 1956.

The Duke of Edinburgh further informed the President that his visit to Uganda is aimed at raising awareness on the award as well as on the impact of non-formal education and learning framework that can encourage young people to find their purpose, passion and place in the world.

He emphasised the transformative impact this youth initiative has had on hundreds of young people, noting that it has empowered them to effect positive change within their communities.

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