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.