UK trade envoy to meet business leaders in Uganda
By Taddeo Bwambale, published 17th June 2019, New Vision, Kampala.
Lord Popat is leading a delegation of UK companies to Uganda in search for business opportunities, according to an advisory from the British High Commission.
The objective of his visit to strengthen the trade relationship between the UK and Uganda, according to a press notice.
Lord Popat is expected to speak at the Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs conference at Serena Hotel (on Monday), to inspire, mentor and engage with the youth on trade and investment.
On Tuesday, he will take part in an Agri-connect conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel, along with the minister for trade, industry and cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde and other delegates.
Officials at the conference will discuss best practices to advance the UK-Uganda trade relationship, according to the advisory.
In October last year, President Yoweri Museveni made a passionate plea to the British business community to invest in Africa, particularly in Uganda.
Addressing a business roundtable at the House of Lords, Museveni said British investors have the capital, skills, and experience to make profit in Uganda while creating jobs for Ugandans.
Dolar Amarshi Popat, who is leading the business delegation, has his roots in Uganda. He was born in Busolwe, Butaleja district on June 14, 1953.
He spent his early life in Tororo and moved to the UK in 1971 at the age of 17, a year before the expulsion of Indians from Uganda by former president, Idi Amin.
With only £10 in his pocket, Popat sponsored himself through night school at Kilburn Polytechnic and took on casual work as a dishwasher, waiter, and grill chef to earn a living.
He qualified as an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 1977. After practicing as an accountant, he specialised in business and corporate finance.
He was an active supporter of the Conservative Party, acting as a party adviser to help engagement with the British Indian community to successive UK governments.
In July 2010, Lord Popat became a Member of the House of Lords. He was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Rwanda and Uganda in January 2016.
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