Ugandan President, General Idi Amin, officially opened the Uganda Trade Show on Tuesday (23 January) at Kampala's Lugage Stadium.
LV Ugandans at entrance
CU Poster "See Uganda's Progress"
SV Amin arrives & is greeted by Kibedi
SV Amin & party touring show
SV Acting British High Commissioner Mr. Blind (hands in pockets)
SV Amin looks at soap products (2 shots)
SV Chinese visitors
SV Agricultural stand with Amin & party entering
CU Sign 'Boats built by Ugandans' & boats on show (4 shots)
SV Amin leaving housing trailer
LV Ugandans at show
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Background: Ugandan President, General Idi Amin, officially opened the Uganda Trade Show on Tuesday (23 January) at Kampala's Lugage Stadium.
The show, aimed at demonstrating the economic strength of the country since General Amin's military takeover two years ago, was the highlight of subdued celebrations of the second anniversary.
He called on Ugandans to mark the January 25th anniversary by redoubling their efforts in Uganda's "economic war".
General Amin's major programme of economic reform has been "Africanisation" of the country's economy -- most forcefully shown by his expulsion of Asians from Uganda and his takeover of 88 British-owned firms operating there. Since he took over, there have been shortages in a number of areas -- largely consumer goods. But food is abundant, Uganda being one of the most fertile African nations.
SYNOPSIS: Kampala's Lugogo Stadium was decked out in flags and banners on Tuesday for the opening of the Ugandan Trade Fair.
General Idi Amin, Uganda's President, arrived with his party to perform the official opening and was greeted by Wanume Kibedi, acting Minister of Trade and Commerce. After a brief opening ceremony, General Amin toured the grounds.
Acting British High Commissioner Henry Blind - on the right - was a visitor.
The trade show, intended as a showcase for Ugandan products, is aimed at demonstrating progress since General Amin's military takeover two years ago. The show emphasises his programme of "Africanisation" -- Ugandans working for Uganda.
Some foreign visitors to the show saw exhibits of everything from soap products to agricultural demonstrations. General Amin and his party toured most of the displays and talked to the exhibitors.
There was even a boat show. General Amin has been stressing the need for economic strength since his expulsion last year of Ugandan Asians and the recent seizure of British-owned industries. Since the Africanisation policy took effect, there have been shortages in Uganda of some consumer goods. But food is a abundant and Amin plans a drive to step up consumer goods production.