Kivejinja urged the participants to make friends
The second Tour D' EAC 2017,a cycling tour intended to promote tourism and regional intergration, was flagged off today at Kampala's Independence Monument.
Flagged off by Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs Kirunda Kivejinja, the tour features Ugandans, Rwandans and Burundians, Kenya and Tanzania.
The 45-day event's theme is "Unlocking East Africa's tourism potential through an effective and efficient integration process."
"The 2017 Tour D EAC is an initiative to promote regional integration and boost East Africa's tourism through adventurous learning programs," said the CEO Uganda Tourism Board Stephen Asiimwe.
Cyclists set off from the Independence Monument for the second edition of the East Africa (Tour D' EAC 2017) in Kampala
"East Africa is a very culturally rich and diverse region, and this tour on bikes brings out the best of EAC. As Africans, it is time we began touring our neighborhood."
He added that UTB supports tourism initiatives like Tour D' EAC tour because of the power of sports to unite people across diverse cultural, economic, religious and national divides.
Kivejinja urged the participants to make friends as they go about the 45 days tour that will take them to Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda before returning to Uganda.
The tour will highlight the beauty of the region from its culture, food to its landscapes, wildlife and people.