US – Africa Summit: M7 Received With Pomp At White House Dinner

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President Museveni received by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for dinner at the White House on Tuesday
President Museveni received by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for dinner at the White House on Tuesday

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was on Tuesday received with pomp at the State Dinner organised for African leaders attending the two-day US – Africa summit.

President Museveni who traveled to the US on Sunday was received by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the dinner at the White House.

President Museveni receives salute on arrival at White House for Dinner
President Museveni receives salute on arrival at White House for Dinner

He had earlier on been saluted by members of the US honor guard.

The summit’s focus is on trade and business with the continent, where the US lags behind China.

However, some Ugandans  have questioned the lack of information from the president’s press unit about his activities as compared to his counterparts in the region.

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China has a trade volume with the continent of $200bn (£119bn), more than double the US, and it started the Africa summit trend in 2001. Japan, India and Europe have followed.

President Museveni and Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde representing Uganda at the Business Forum at Mandarin Oriental Hotel
President Museveni and Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde representing Uganda at the Business Forum at Mandarin Oriental Hotel

75% of exports to China from sub-Saharan Africa came from only five countries in 2011, and six countries account for 80% of imports from China.

Critics of the summit have focused on the lack of one-to-one meetings between Mr Obama and his African counterparts.

 

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