The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has asked the media to highlight the potential benefits for Uganda in hosting the forthcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC).
While meeting over 50 media editors and journalists at Hotel Africana on 12 July 2019, Kadaga said that the responsibility of portraying a good image of the country lies with the media.
She urged editors to strive towards conveying the right information, with the aim of marketing the country.
“Uganda has a major opportunity this year to market itself. We expect revenue from participants of the conference because all of them will pay for their accommodation. They will [go sight seeing] dance to our music and eat our food. All this will boost our economy,” said Kadaga.
She revealed that she has written to the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health to give assurance that Uganda is Ebola free.
“We have also engaged High Commissioners of all the Commonwealth countries to inform their citizens that it is safe to come to Uganda and that it is a good opportunity to attend the conference,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker also advised the media to avoid disseminating information, which is alarming, saying that such reports affect major meetings.
The Chairperson of the Media and Publicity Sub-committee of the CPC, Hon. Paul Amoru (NRM, Dokolo North County) called on the media to seize the opportunity of the Conference to tell Uganda’s story to the world.
“Many times, we have left our story to be told by international media. This is our time to tell our own story,” said Amoru.
Uganda is hosting the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference for the second time, since 1967. Over 1,000 participants are expected to attend and they will include Members of Parliament, Clerks of Parliament, Staff of Parliament, Speakers of Parliament and their accompanying persons.
The Conference, which is slated for 22 to 29 September 2019 under the theme, “Adaption, engagement and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth”, will be held at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort.KEEP READING
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan, is impressed by Uganda’s readiness to host the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC).
Mr Khan made the remarks at a meeting with Members and staff of Parliament on Friday, 7 June 2019 to appreciate the progress of preparations to host the conference taking place from 22nd to 29th September 2019 in Kampala.
“The planning looks very positive and all we need is to move to the venues and allocate meeting areas appropriately so that people with disabilities are well taken care of,” he noted, adding that, “We need to make sure we set the bar for the next meeting,” he said.
The Uganda Branch Representative for CPA Africa Region and also Vice Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Hon. Jalia Bintu said the Government of Uganda had ring fenced finances of the conference.
“We have secured money from the government to facilitate the event and set up committees to make sure protocol, media, transportation and accommodation are taken care of,” she said.
The Secretary General, who is on a working visit to Uganda, said a special magazine for the 64th CPC would be published.
Hon. Paul Amoru, the Chairperson of the Media and Publicity Subcommittee informed the meeting that his sector was on course with preparations to broadcast the event in both local and international audiences on print, electronic and social media.
A website, www.cpc2019.org has been created as a one-stop portal on all information regarding the conference.
High Commissioners and Consul Generals to Uganda have been assured of Uganda’s readiness to host the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) taking place from 22nd to 29th September 2019.
The assurance was given by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, at a breakfast meeting on Thursday, 6 June 2019 in the Parliament conference hall to appraise the top diplomats on the plans in place to host the conference at Speak Resort Munyonyo.
“The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference provides a great opportunity for our Parliaments to engage, deliberate and network on parliamentary best practices, governance and democratic values and socio-economic aspirations of the commonwealth fraternity,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker added that said outside the conference routine, delegates will have the opportunity to tour various tourist attractions across the country. Arrangements have been made to encourage delegates travel with their spouses, children and other accompanying persons.
She added that countries that do not enjoy reciprocal visa arrangements with Uganda are advised to apply for visas online which will be endorsed in their passports at the point of entry into Uganda.
The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Uganda and also Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda, H.E. Frank Mugambage, in his remarks, applauded the Parliament of Uganda leadership on the state of preparedness to host the conference and revealed that Rwanda is slated to host the conference in 2020 and would learn from Uganda’s success story.
The Consular General of Seychelles to Uganda, H.E. Elly Karuhanga requested that private sector stakeholders such as Uganda Manufacturers Association, Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Private Sector Foundation Uganda be given a platform to make presentations at the conference.
“I would like them to be given space to market Uganda at the conference, because delegates will be ambassadors of Uganda abroad,” Karuhanga said.
In response, Kadaga said the private sector players owned the hotels in which the delegates were going to reside and therefore, are in business. She added that the public will also be invited to exhibit their products at the conference and during tours.
Uganda is hosting the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference for the second time since the 1967. This year’s conference is expected to attract about 1,000 participants from the 54 commonwealth countries. Participants will include Members of Parliament, Clerks of Parliament, Staff of Parliament, Speakers of Parliament and accompanying persons.
A website, www.cpc2019.org has been created as a one-stop portal on all information regarding the conference.KEEP READING