Ugandan tourism minister assails govt for meagre budget

Published on : Friday, November 24, 2017

Ugandan tourismSpeaking Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, the Ugandan Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities criticised the government for the persistent low budgetary allocations to the tourism and conservation sectors.

 
At the launch of the 2016 annual conservation status report released by the Greater Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration on Thursday evening, the minister admitted that the government could do more to boost conservation efforts to attract more tourists.

 

“Conservation and tourism are not a top priority for many. If you doubt my statements, simply look at the (national) budgets. You must match your words with deeds,” he said

 

“I can criticize my own country. If you look at our budget for conservation and tourism, it is 0.02 per cent. How can a priority be that percentage of the budget?”

 

The Greater Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration is an effort to fight poaching in the wildlife area that covers Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

The initiative is supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the launch of the report was done at the residence of the Henk Jan Bakker, the Dutch ambassador to Uganda.

 

Out of the sh29 trillion budget passed in the 2017/18 financial year, government only allocated sh98.39 billion to tourism. Government has instead chosen to heavily focus on areas such as road infrastructure.

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