Uganda’s earnings from tourism exports have grown to US$ 1,505 million (5.56Trillion) in 2018/19 from US$ 1,402 million in 2017/18.
This was realized from an increased number of tourists visiting the country in the same year. The Number of tourists visiting Uganda grew from 1.45 million in 2017/18 to 1.60 million visitors in 2018/19.
This is according to the central government key performance results report for the year 2018/2019 against the National development plan (NDP) II targets for 2020 released recently.
The NDP II target for the tourism sector is to attract 1.92 million visitors and increase earnings to USD 1,953 million by 2020; which could be achieved with massive investment in the sector to enable strategic research and marketing of Uganda’s tourism potential.
However, Uganda’s rank in ease of doing business according to a World Bank report dropped from 122 in 2017 to 127 in 2018 out of 190 Economies.
This was due to the high cost electricity which was the worst performing ranked 175, the hardships in getting construction site and the difficulty in starting businesses. The NDP II target is to improve the ease of doing business rank to 111 by 2020. At this rate of implementation, the target may not be met