According to the Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda Executive Director, Emily Drani, President Yoweri Museveni is expected to grace the opening ceremony of the conference where 120 representatives from National Trusts and similar organizations across the world are to participate.
“This biannual forum aims at creating spaces where the members of the International Organization of National Trusts can exchange experiences, form partnerships and establish bodies that preserve and promote cultural heritage,” explained Drani.
The five –day conference Drani explained will provide opportunity to national and international delegates to discuss heritage and sustainable development on top of exploring potential reconciliation between conservation and heritage.
“Held in Africa for the very first time, the conference presents an excellent opportunity for the national and international delegates to discuss and visualize aspects of Africa’s heritage through Uganda’s cultural and natural resources,” Drani stressed.
The Executive Director explained that National Trusts are organizations specifically set up in many countries to preserve the built but stressed that such organizations are not yet in Uganda.
“Visits to Uganda’s cultural and natural heritage sites as well as a cultural exhibition will serve as a window to view aspects of Africa’s unexplored cultural heritage and hopefully be a point of reference for future engagement,” added Drani.