Edward Ssekandi (left) and the Katikiro of Buganda Eng. JB Walusimbi (centre) touring the 5th Bug
The State House of Uganda through the Presidential Initiative on Sustainable Tourism (PRESTO) has invested millions of shillings to support the annual Buganda Tourism Expo.
The one week annual event which kicked off last Sunday will be closed by Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi today.
The special presidential assistant on political affairs, Naava Nabagesera told New Vision online at the event, that all work was done on the directive of President Yoweri Museveni.
“He directed for the extension of electricity at the venue to avoid inconvenience during the event. Now there is free power,” she noted.
Nabagesera, the head of the initiative, said power installation alone cost over sh50m. They also installed flood lights, provided tents and chairs used at the venue, graded and rehabilitated all the roads in the palace.
She said similar support will be provided to related exhibitions and events country wide in different regions.
PRESTO aims at sustaining the sector through sponsoring various exhibitions about tourism, culture and tradition abroad through active participation of the private sector.
The initiative was launched by President Museveni in the United Kingdom early this year.
Nabagesera said Uganda was recently voted by Lonely Planet, an independent magazine owned by the British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) as the top tourist destination for 2012.
She said the tourism industry has increasingly become vibrant over the years because of the peace and stability in the country that has led to a vibrant economy.