The Minister for Tourism, drug http://churchofthekingmcallen.org/wp-content/plugins/wp-socializer/includes/wpsr-floatingbar.php Wildlife and Antiquities, http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-includes/class-wp-ajax-response.php Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba has called for increased foreign investment in the tourism sector.
This, http://contraboli.ro/wp-admin/includes/plugin.php she said during the East African Community joint event at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London.
This year the event focused on quality, improved services and standards, tourism opportunities, safety and security and lowered investment thresholds in the Region in promoting the a single tourist destination.
Dr. Mutagamba said though investment in this sector has recently registered significant increase, more is welcomed as East African countries are making strides in providing more enabling environment for foreign investors.
She disclosed several incentives granted in the region including a tax-free environment for a fixed period, quick registration services for the new companies and professional on-sites guidance and friendly financing mechanisms.
“The EAC Partner States fully embarked on the operationalization of a Common Market Protocol. With a combined population above 135 million as well as a collective estimated GDP of 85.00 billion U.S. dollars the Common Market will have a positive economic impact for the entire EAC Region,” she said.
Since it was adopted in 2009, the Common Market Protocol has enabled the gradual free movement of people, capital, goods and services especially in the hospitality and travel industry sector where the removal of non-tariff barriers has shown to be one of the stimulus factors.
Dr.Mutagamba said tourism plays a key role in fostering regional economic growth and improving regional tourist products, such as the standardization of accommodation and other hospitality services whereby showing quality is more important than quantity will go a long way in reassuring our UK market of their continued support and increased visits to the Region.
She further stated that sustainable and optimal utilization of the resources as a region requires striking the balance between developing creative “products” that will continuously attract visitors to the region and sustaining the natural resources the region have been blessed with.
Hon. Minister reiterated that promoting the EAC as a Single Tourism Destination is the only way to optimize the Region’s potential.
“The single tourist visa is now operational in three countries i.e. Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda and sales of multiple cross border destination packages have increased significantly in recent years due to strengthened cross border tour operator’s co-operation,”Dr Mutagamba said.
She informed the participants who attended the event that safety and security is key to fostering tourism development in the region.
“Due to the increasing security threats from neighbors, joint efforts have helped minimize the consequences and ensured a durable solution,” she divulged.
She added that in this regard, the Ministers responsible for tourism have been fully addressing the negative image portrayed and subsequent negative travel advisories issued.
The Event was graced by UK Buyers, Partner States Tour Operators, High Commissioners from the EAC Countries in the UK, Directors of Tourism and Wildlife Management.
Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo
Uganda will next week hold the pearl of Africa Tourism Expo.
The expo is expected to show case Uganda as a country that has turned the page after years of dormancy in letting the world discover its unmarched attractions.
In line with this year’s theme of World Tourism Day, “One billion Tourists, one billion opportunities’, its prime focus is to increase tourism traffic to Uganda with the intent of creating more opportunities especially in the field of infrastructure and jobs.
President Museveni has punched holes in critics’ claims that his government has not done much to transform Uganda, story http://ddmdevelopment.com/wp-includes/class-snoopy.php saying the country’s journey has been a long and strenuous one.
“When we talk of NRM and Uganda we talk of a long journey. A journey when this country had become ungovernable. That’s when the NRM came on the scene,” said Museveni at Kasana playgrounds in Luwero on Monday.
Museveni said after seizing power in 1986, NRM/NRA fought sectarianism and religious divisions for common unity and prosperity.
He said after changing mindsets, NRM embarked on a liberation phase that involved fighting and defeating rebel groups thus laying a foundation for the economy’s recovery.
In a bid to contextualise his campaign in regard to criticism of poor public service delivery, Museveni said his government is giving its all to boost the quality of life, having started from scratch to rebuild a country that had literally collapsed due to civil wars.
“That’s how we were able to end black marketing and smuggling. And when the economy recovered, we started collecting some taxes. In 1986 we collected Shs 5bn but now we collect 13,000 bn in taxes,” said Museveni.
Luwero is the cradle of the NRM revolution but many people complain of poverty and high unemployment rates.
Museveni appears wary of the opposition riding on the wave of discontentment caused by joblessness and deprivation to challenge him from his stronghold.
Just like in recent speeches, Museveni emphasised that government chose prioritisation, saying, “We couldn’t deal with all problems at the same time.”
He sampled the prioritised areas as security, immunisation and construction of tarmac roads across the country.
Museveni said this has encouraged political stability hence economic growth and reduction in child deaths.
On boosting household incomes, Museveni said government has discovered a huge demand for seedlings to improve their agricultural output.
“We have been putting a lot of money in buying seedlings but we have found it is not enough. Therefore in the coming term we are to deal with NAADs the way we did with roads,” said Museveni.
“We are going to put at least 1000 billion in NAADS so that everyone who wants seedlings or livestock gets them. We shall also deal with veterans. We couldn’t do all things at the same time,” he assured the people of Kasana.
Regarding unemployment, Museveni said the issue is being tackled through attraction of investors to build factories and industries in Uganda.
“Others will get jobs through agriculture,” he added.
Majority of Ugandan youth are unemployed, a situation observers believe is a ticking time bomb.
Museveni also promised to build a “good stadium for the people of Luweero in future.”
He added: “But it wouldn’t make sense building a stadium without bringing peace first. That’s why we built the army first – then we built roads and dealt with education.”
Museveni is facing stiff resistance from 7 rivals. However, the most prominent opponents are Dr Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi.
The President said the people of Luwero should identify with NRM achievements and “leave those deceiving you that they will deal with all things at the same time.”
He fired another shot: “NRM is on a continuous journey – one step after another. Now you hear some politicians talking of change. That they want change. Change from what to what?”
In his conclusive remarks at the well attended function, Museveni said “Each term has new things. Then what are they talking of now?”
He said Besigye “moved away in 2001 when we still had a lot of problems like Kony and ADF. Now we have defeated all these and Besigye is enjoying the peace. He can go anywhere to campaign freely without fear.”
On Mbabazi, Museveni commented: “Now Mbabazi has joined the same group. Let him go and we continue as usual. The tradition of NRM is a strategic vision of prioritisation.”
He also said the discovery of oil will empower government to enhance the country’s development agenda.