H.E. Dr. Rashid Yahya Ssemuddu receives the Prince at Entebbe International Airport
His Royal Highness, Prince Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saud al Kabeer, a member of Saudi's ruling family, the House of Saud and Chairman, Board of Directors of Almarai Company, has arrived in Uganda on a visit that will involve meeting President Yoweri Museveni.
On disembarkation from his private jet, the Saudi Prince, ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 12th richest in the Middle East, was received at Entebbe International Airport by Uganda's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, H.E. Dr. Rashid Yahya Ssemuddu.
The Prince, and his entourage, that included his Private Secretary Mr. Faisal Mohammed Al-Ajmi, Mr. Schorderet Georges Pierre, Chief Executive Officer, Almarai Company as well as other technical and administrative staff from his business empire, was driven to State House, Entebbe for a private meeting with H.E. the President.
Prince Sultan's visit to Uganda has been one year in the making, following a pledge he made to President Yoweri Museveni when the Ugandan Head of State visited Saudi Arabia in December of 2015. During the visit, Prince Sultan, who had already been appraised about the investment opportunities in Uganda by Ambassador Ssemuddu, told the President that he was keen on visiting the East African country to explore investment opportunities in line with the strategic priorities of his business empire.
Al Marai Company, owned by Prince Sultan, is described as the biggest vertically integrated dairy products company in the world and Al Yamama Cement Company, the biggest cement company in the Middle East. He also owns tens of companiesm spanning a number of sectors and industries, including insurance, oil and gas, education and construction, located in Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
"This is a big privilege that we must take advantage of as a country. Given the stature of Prince Sultan, we should expect investments in a number of areas beyong the agriculture sector that should generate hundreds of jobs and other benefits to the country," said Ambassador Ssemuddu shortly after the arrival of the Prince.
According to the official itinerary, after the meeting with H.E. the President, the Prince is due to be hosted to a dinner by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. RuhakanaRugunda. The Prince will also tour the President's farms at Kisozi and Rwakitura.
The Prince will hold a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Vincent Ssempijja during which many issues pertaining to the agriculture sector will be discussed. The Prince will be hosted to a dinner by the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Uganda H.E. Dr. Jamal Abdulaziz Raffa before departing back to Saudi Arabia.