(AGI) Milan, July 3 - Rythmic dancing by the Nedere Troupeopened the celebrations for the National Day of Uganda, aparticipant in the Coffee Cluster at the Universal Exhibitionin Milan. "The presence of Uganda at Expo 2015 is a greatopportunity to present our country to the internationalcommunity, to strengthen already existing links and create newpartnerships. For Uganda it is an opportunity to promote anumber of products, from coffee to fish, from leather tocrafts," said the head of the country's delegation, Minister ofTrade and Industry, Amelia Kyambadde, in her speech at theofficial ceremony that opened the National Day. Uganda, in theheart of equatorial Africa, is one of the fastest expandingeconomies in the continent with an average GDP growth of 7.1percent from 2005 to 2014, due to its stable government, youngpopulation and the entrepreneurial skills of Ugandan families.Undersecretary for the Economy Paola De Micheli emphasised thestrategic role of Uganda in Africa: "It is a young nation thatwill play a decisive role in Africa and not just with regard tothe food security debate, but also due to an agriculture thatis showing extraordinary potential." After the officialceremony the Nedere Troupe performed again and then accompaniedthe parade to the Ugandan pavilion in the Coffee Cluster, wherethe folk group's subsequent performance involved the visitors.Later, Minister Kyambadde visited the Kenyan and Rwandanpavilions, again inside the Cluster, and then that of Tanzania,in the Spices Cluster. The official dinner, as usual, tookplace at Palazzo Italia. The day dedicated to Uganda continuedwith the business forum, "Uganda, a land of opportunity:coffee, tourism and investment", a meeting that presented theopportunities for growth and investment in Uganda for foreignbusinessmen, especially Italian ones. The Ugandan music anddance performances will be repeated in the Coffee Clusterbetween July 4 and 7, while during the same period the artistNuwa Wamala Nnyanzi will present batik, a special technique forcolouring fabrics. (AGI). .