Annual planners’ forum hinges on prioritizing tourism

The 3rd Annual Development Planners forum was concluded last Thursday, with a call on Government entities to prioritize the marketing of tourism attractions, to boost the economy. The forum which ran from 28th to 29 June 2017 was carried out at the Office of Prime Minister Conference Hall, in Kampala.

National Planning Authority {NPA} executive director Joseph Muvawala said; Tourism Investment will focus on aggressive marketing of prioritized tourism products and promote domestic tourism through cultural/religion cluster initiatives. “These include; the source of the Nile, Namugongo Martyrs shrine and hot springs at Queen Elizabeth and Semuliki National Parks among others”, he said.

The forum’s theme was dubbed: “Strengthening Development Planning for Realization of desired Results”.  State Minister for Planning in the Ministry of Finance David Bahati; reiterated the need for all Government entities to align their priority planning in accordance with the National Development Plan. “Development planners play a key role in resource allocation and set priorities, which are in line with vision 2040. Lack of understanding of priorities brings about distortion”, said Bahati.

He further called upon all Ministry Development Agencies {MDA} to make their budget plans in accordance with the National Development Plan before end of August. He said planning is the first step in accountability. “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail and the Audit has no relevance”, he added.

Participants at the forum were updated by various speakers on; Uganda’s strategic direction and progress made towards NDP11 and Vision 2040. They were further briefed on the certificate of compliance of annual budget; methodology and 2016/17 findings. In addition, participants on day two received lectures on; Human Resource Panning Framework, Progress on Sustainable Development Goals {SDGs} 2030 and Africa agenda 2063 among many others.

The forum was organized by the National Planning Authority with support from UNDP. It was attended by representatives from UNDP, Local Governments, Ministries and the media.  By Ambrose Gahene

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