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Tumwebaze to Spearhead Bill to Guide Public Relations Practice

Government of Uganda will work on a legislation to provide statutory recognition to the public relations profession in Uganda.

ICT and National Guidance Minister Hon Frank Tumwebaze said this would be good for the development of the profession in the country.

“Working together with your leadership, government will spearhead a bill that will give PRAU and the public relations profession statutory recognition,” said Tumwebaze.

Presiding over the annual Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU) awards ceremony in Kampala on Friday night, Tumwebaze emphasised that “public relations has its right professional role to play in the development of every sector and business.”

PRAU has been requesting government to table and pass a bill that recognizes the association as their professional umbrella body the way it is for lawyers, engineers and accountants.

Tumwebaze with PRA President aCynthia Mpanga at the ceremony

This is what is known as statutory recognition.

Speaking to ChimpReports on Saturday morning, Tumwebaze said the bill would also define and recognise Public relations as a profession and as a practice.

“It’s good for professional development. I agreed to spearhead it,” he noted.

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PRAU is the umbrella organization of PR practitioners in public and private institutions in Uganda with the mission to nurture professional and quality practice of Public Relations in Uganda.

Several organizations won the PRAU Excellence Awards which the association’s president Cynthia Mpanga said were aimed at celebrating the greatest achievements and innovations across the public relations and communications industry in Uganda.

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) won the People’s Choice Awards while Uganda Revenue Authority went home with the best public service campaign.

The event attracted PR practitioners from all of walks of life
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