President Faure Gnassingbe has begun a 4-day State Visit to Uganda at the invitation of his counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni.
The visiting Togolese leader was officially received at State House Entebbe by his host President Museveni. Other Ugandan dignitaries to welcome the Togolese Head of State included the Minister of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda; that of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Tress Bucyanayandi, State Minister for Tourism, Ms. Agnes Akiror, the Head of Civil Service, Mr. John Mitala, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador John Mugume, as well as senior security officials, among others.
President Faure Gnassingbe, who was accorded a red carpet welcome and a 21-gun salute, also received a bouquet of flowers from a 6-year old Primary School pupil of Kampala Parents’ School, Priscilla Nazeba, after which the Togolese leader together with his host, proceeded to the ceremonial dais to acknowledge the National Anthems of the 2 countries, Togo and Uganda.
The visiting Head of State inspected a guard of honor mounted by officers and men of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).
President Gnansigbe was then entertained to a typical African welcome by one of the cultural groups in Uganda and after which he and his host proceeded for tete-a-tete talks.
Faure is accompanied by his Minister of Tourism, Mr. Batienne Kpabré, the that of Agriculture and Livestock, Mr. Kossi Messan Ewovor, the Minister in-charge of Planning, Ms. Dédé Ahoéfa Ekoué and the Minister in-charge of Rural Infrastructure, Mr. Gourdjigou Kolani.
During his 4-day state stay in Uganda, President Faure Gnassingbe will visit various industrial plants in and around Kampala including Jesa Dairy Farm, Kawanda Research Centre, Sameer Dairy Corporation and Kakira sugar Factory in Jinja, among others.