The construction of Speke Resort Convention Centre at Munyonyo in Kampala on the shores of Lake Victoria, which will be the largest in East Africa is in final phase of completion that involves roofing, fitting and finishing.
According to engineers, structural works now stand at 80%, and the Ruparelia Group Chairman Dr Sudhir Ruparelia said the grand opening of this mega facility will be early January next year.
The Convention Centre will then host a global conference, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit the same month of January.
All proceedings of this important conference will happen at Speke Resort Convention Center.
Shortly after NAM, another global event, the G77 South Summit will also be held at the same 4000-seater venue that boosts 13 break out session rooms with fully fledged facilities like dining halls, mini conference rooms where particular Presidents can hold small meetings on the margins of the main event.
The construction of the facility will cost Dr Sudhir $47 million (shs 172 billion).
4000-seaster: The classy facility once completed shares exceptional qualities that sets itself apart from the existing ones in Africa. It will have a well-appointed ambience that accommodates up to 4000 guests.
Outdoor venue: The Convention Centre will also offer outdoor venue with beautiful landscape that facilitates social gatherings.
Meeting spaces: The facility will have 13 versatile meeting and breakout rooms and exhibition.
Restaurant: This will house world-class restaurant will serve gourmet cuisine prepared by experienced chefs.
Accommodation: The establishment will houses 477 elegant rooms including president suites, executive suites, junior suites and deluxe suites. The accommodation of course comes with stunning view, unique décor, and modern technology for added convenience.
Private VIP Lounge: The guests should expect a warm welcome and personalized attention and high level professionalism from staff members as they are well-trained to cater to guests’ needs.
Dr Sudhir was selected by government of Uganda take up the venture because of his financial muscle and experience in leisure industry and having vast expertise in construction.
Then government through Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) entered a joint venture with the businessman on a 50/50% shareholding basis.
Each party contributed $10 million as equity. Government lent the consortium $27 million.
Once it’s completed, the center will also play a mega role in promotion of the conference tourism.