The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Shridath Ramphal, has been to Uganda to discuss Commonwealth aid to the country while it sets about reconstruction plans after the ravages of war.
GV Commonwealth Secretary General Shridath Ramphal leaving aircraft, crossing tarmac and being greeted by Ugandan Foreign Minster Otema Alimadi.
SV PAN Ramphal speaking to Ugandan Foreign Minster outside airport building.
SV INTERIOR Journalists at press conference.
LV INTERIOR Ramphal speaking at press conference; while journalists make notes. (6 SHOTS)
RAMPHAL: "It is not enough merely to applaud from the wings. It is very necessary, particularly in a situation in which Uganda comes to this new birth at it were, with a great deal to be done by way of reconstruction and rehabilitation, that those who welcome change, should welcome it in tangible ways. And my own visit here is in some small way an attempt to give expression to that wish."
Mr. Ramphal stayed in Uganda, and then left for Lusaka, Zambia.
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Background: The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Shridath Ramphal, has been to Uganda to discuss Commonwealth aid to the country while it sets about reconstruction plans after the ravages of war. Last week a team of 11 Commonwealth experts arrived in Uganda to assess the talk of rehabilitating the Ugandan economy, and to recommend its immediate needs for technical and financial assistance.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Ramphal arrived by light aircraft at the recently re-opened Entebbe airport on Monday (28 May). He was welcomed by the new Ugandan Foreign Minister Otema Alimadi and a government official, before being driven to Kampala for talks with President Lule, and the Finance Minster Sam Sebegereka. Later Mr. Ramphal addressed a press conference on the aims of his visit. It was, he said, time to start serious reconstruction of the country.