Construction of the one-of-a-kind 4400-seater Speke Resort Convention Centre is on schedule and will be completed in time for the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement to be held in January 2024 in Kampala, Uganda.

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the Chairman of the Ruparelia Group, which is contributing the resort in partnership with the government of Uganda told CEO East Africa Magazine in an interview that the project is 85% complete.  

This was after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni inspected works at the project on Friday, November 17th 2023.

The Ruparelia Group, is in a joint venture with the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC), constructing the state-of-the-art convention centre to not only host the NAM Summit but also boost the country’s Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE) potential and competitiveness. UDC is the investing arm of the Government of Uganda whose mission is to establish and or invest in sustainable investments in areas strategic to Uganda’s social and economic transformation, and prosperity of Uganda. 

President Museveni (right), his daughter, Natasha Karugire (2nd right), Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia (centre) and Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja.

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the Group’s Chairman told the media on a tour of the facility, that everything is on course. 

“We are sparing no effort to ensure that we deliver this key strategic national facility on time,” Dr. Sudhir said.

In addition to the 4400-seater  auditorium, the convention centre will also have a multipurpose hall, 12 high-end conference/breakaway meeting rooms and a floating restaurant that can host more than 900 guests, with an extraordinary view of Africa’s largest freshwater lake⏤ Lake Victoria.   

The Speke Resort Convention Centre is being developed on a 105-acre luxury resort complex that already has two luxury lake-side resorts⏤ Speke Resort Munyonyo and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, also owned by the Group. The three iconic properties combined, bring to Uganda’s hospitality sector about 40 indoor meeting and banqueting facilities of various sizes, with a capacity to host 19,000 people! This is in addition to several other outdoor venues.  Away from meeting venues, the complex boasts 476 accommodation rooms, including 54 presidential suites and 3 ballrooms.


President Museveni and his entourage inspect works at the Speke Resort Convention Centre. In white is Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia the Chairman, Ruparelia Group.