Museveni: Promote Tourism, Improve Income Generation

search geneva;”>Museveni noted that tourism is one of the leading sectors contributing to national income and poverty eradication, rx adding that the sector generates over US$ 820 million per annum for Uganda as compared to coffee which has been generating US$ 400 million.

He said this on Sunday as he launched the Jinja tourism promotion drive held under the theme: The Big Hearts Big Smiles.

“Uganda has a potential to generate more income than Spain which generates US$ 23 billion per annum,” he noted. He attributed this to the abundant natural resources which provide more tourism attractions than those of Spain.

Museveni further revealed that he rejected the request by some people in Kasese District to de gazette the Queen Elizabeth National park in favour of accessing more land for cultivation.


He emphasized that tourism has a much wider potential to generate income for the population than cultivation. “There are five major sectors that contribute towards income generation, namely agriculture, industrialization and manufacturing, Information Communication Technology, services such as tourism and the Public Service,” he added.

Museveni also urged Ugandans to protect River Nile and ensure that no cultivation takes place within 50 meters of its banks and urged the Jinja District Administration for maintaining the grounds at the source of the Nile.

He noted that the grass planted in the area protects the River Nile against silting which is caused by soil erosion.

The President handed over water from River Nile to the Representative of the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda the Second Secretary, Mr. Martin Ingvarsson which will be ferried to Skellefta city in Sweden. Jinja town and Skellefta City twined under a bilateral arrangement.

He also toured the western bank of River Nile in Njeru Town Council and later launched the painting of buildings along the Jinja main Street by painting one of the commercial buildings.

Museveni called on Ugandans with small pieces of land to engage in income generating activities to fight household poverty by growing crops such as coffee growing, fruits, food crops and cultivation of elephant grass for dairy cows. He said that the households could also rear poultry and piggery to earn a daily income.

“Information, communication technology could enable the people especially youth to do international business,” he said.

The President commended the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, the Jinja District leadership and Members of Parliament for promoting tourism in Busoga sub region.

Kadaga also acknowledged the President for sparing time to attend the ceremony, adding that his gesture that follows a similar launch of Busoga Tourism Expo in December 2012 has boosted the sector in the region.

The Minister of Tourism, Maria Mutagamba noted that Uganda today receives 1.2 million tourists per annum and noted that River Nile has been declared one of the seven wonders of Africa.

The Mayor of Jinja Al Hajji Baswari Kezaala who was present at the event noted that the event would further concretize the twining of Jinja Town with Skellefta city in Sweden. “Tourism is a fiercely competitive market requiring skills, talent and enterprise.”

He added that it is fundamental to the economy and a means to prosperity for all our people.

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