By Najibu Mulema

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director, Christine Lagarde, will arrive this evening for a four day state visit in Uganda, at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance, Lagarde will visit from January 25 to 28.

Lagarde says she hopes to gain a deeper understanding on Uganda’s economic agenda and discuss how the International Monetary Fund can best serve the country.

Finance minister Matia Kasaija has described the visit as further improvement of the already good relations between Uganda and the IMF.

“She is also expected to engage with lawmakers, policy makers and other stakeholders, in affirmation of the IMF’s strong relationship with Uganda. It has been a while since a sitting managing director of the IMF visited the country, and Lagarde’s visit is an expression of confidence in our economy, “Kasaija said during a press conference today.

Lagarde is expected to participate in a number of public and private events while in the country including holding bilateral talks with President Museveni, the Ministry of Finance and Bank of Uganda authorities.