Business
Japan MPs set out to promote Uganda’s tourism
Publish Date: Sep 02, 2014
Japan MPs set out to promote Uganda’s tourism
Minister of state for Industry and Technology, Shinyabulo Mutende meeting with the Japanese MPs. PHOTO/Prossy Nandudu
  • mail
  • img
newvision


By Prossy Nandudu

KAMPALA - Legislators from the Japanese parliament are to promote Uganda as a tourist destination in the East African region, as revealed by two MPs Asahiko Mihara and Daishiro Yamagiwa from the House of Representatives of Japan.
 
They were meeting Uganda’s minister of state for industry and technology Dr. James Shinyabulo Mutende at his office in Kampala.
 
The two lawmakers were accompanied by a seven-man delegation led by the Japanese ambassador to Uganda Junzo Fujita.
 
Uganda, they said, has potential in areas of agribusiness and value addition, and various tourist attractions that could earn the country foreign income.
 
But despite the huge attractions, the MPs observed, many sites have not been visited by tourists due to continuous reports of the LRA insurgency and the two terrorist attacks that took place in 2010.
 
The legislators who have been on a tour of Uganda said they have discovered Uganda is home to the famous Mountain Gorillas but that there are very few Japanese aware of this. They said this can be enhanced by aggressive marketing of the tourism sector in such countries.
 
 “When you talk about Uganda in Japan, most people think of the LRA insurgency in northern Uganda and majority think the country is still unstable in the area of security,” said Asahiko.
 
On his part, Daishiro advised Uganda to collectively promote tourism as an East African Community as opposed to do it alone. That way, he clarified, the regional states can attract more investors and tourists.
 
State minister Mutende asked the MPs to help promote and market Uganda in the Japanese Parliament and the country as a whole, now that they have experienced the peace that prevails in the Pearl of Africa.
 
 “Uganda is a haven of peace and whoever comes to invest here is guaranteed security as a person and for his or her investment. You can never go wrong when you invest in Uganda,” he told them.
 
Mutende told the delegation that there are many areas for investment including agribusiness, value addition, real estate, services sector like banks and insurance companies, energy among others.

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Dr Maggie Kigozi: Obstacles in businesses are jewels
Dr Maggie Kigozi, director Crown Beverages Ltd has challenged the youth to consider obstacles in starting and running businesses as opportunities to create better lives....
How to widen Uganda’s tax base in a large subsistence economy
Uganda’s tax base remains small and the country is grappling with measures on how to widen the tax base in light of decreasing donor funds and pressures to finance the national budget....
UAE Exchange Uganda observed World Food Day
UAE Exchange, the leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand observed World Food Day on 16th October. This year the theme was Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”...
Nigerian cleric warns Uganda over oil curse
Rev Father Edward Obi, a leading civil society activists fighting against the effects of the oil curse in Nigeria has warned Uganda that since oil has been discovered Ugandans are not safe from the negative effects the resource brings....
Oil to spur capital markets – Nsamba
This year marks 18 years since the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) was formed....
UBOS releases Producer Price Index
THE indices for hotels and restaurants indicate that annual prices for hotel services fell by 2.5 percent during the period of April, May and June 2014, compared to the same period in 2013...
Should the absence of bride price prevent couples from wedding?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter