Uganda's costly new Conference Hall, intended as the venue of next month's Organisation of African Unity (O.
KAMPALA, UGANDA (MAY 16, 1971) (REUTERS)
LV & GV EXT Conference Hall (2 shots)
SV INT Ugandan Minister of Works arrives & is greeted by Yugoslav Charge D'Affaires and General Manager of Yugoslav builders
SV PAN Minister of Works taken on tour of inspection.
SV Party walking in conference hall
SV Left to right Yugoslav Charge D'Affaires, Minister of Works, and General Manager of Building Company at reception
SV & SV PAN Guests at reception (3 shots)
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Background: Uganda's costly new Conference Hall, intended as the venue of next month's Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.) Summit Conference, was handed over by its Yugoslav builders on Saturday. However, the O.A.U. chairman, Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, has indicated that the Conference will now be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The last O.A.U. Summit was held at Addis Ababa in September 1970, when the then Ugandan President, Milton Obote, invited the other members to meet in June 1971 in Kampala.
Uganda's new Conference Hall has been widely criticised as a waste of the taxpayers' money. It cost 110 million Ugandan shillings (GBP6.4 million Sterling or 15.4 million U.S. dollars). The Uganda Government of President Amin is still hoping that the O.A.U. will relent and agree to the original venue.