President Yoweri Museveni has told the Israeli tourists who have been in the country that his vision is to transform Uganda into a first world country. He says to achieve this, the focus will be on promoting commercial, profit-oriented agriculture, industrialization, promotion of the service sector and investment in information and communication technology.
According to a statement issued from State House, President Museveni met the leaders of the Israeli tourists on Saturday at Chobe Safari Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park. The Israeli tourists have been in Uganda on a four-day tour of the country. The leaders of the more than 220 tourists mainly from Israel’s largest law firm, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal, arrived in Uganda on Wednesday last week. The President has been at Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya district chairing a five-day retreat of the Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement.
Museveni told the tourists that they were “in the right spot in the world” because of the uniqueness of Uganda that stands right on the equator and has snow on Mt. Rwenzori. He added that Uganda had everything the tourists want; from the animals, excellent sites, lakes and rivers, a peaceful environment and an educated and hospitable people. He, however, said the country had not exploited its tourism potential fully because less has been done to market the sector.
About his vision for Uganda, Museveni said he wants to transform Uganda into a first world country. He said the struggle is working to shift the population from a traditional and subsistence way of life to a modern one. Museveni added that although he was aware of the other sectors that can contribute to the development of the country, focus would be put on those areas where the country has a comparative advantage over other countries. He attributed the underdevelopment of the African continent to a small population, yet a lot of natural resources that has brought about complacency and slowed down competition among the population.
Museveni described the relationship between Israel and Uganda as cordial, warm and mutually beneficial that has even grown stronger over time. The Israeli delegation through their leader, Dan Shamgar, expressed satisfaction at the many tourist sites they visited that are found nowhere in the world. However, they wondered why Uganda has not done much to make the sites known.
The tourists equally commended the hospitality accorded to them by Ugandans during their stay in the country and assured the President that they would be good ambassadors of tourism in Uganda. Museveni used the occasion to interact with tourists who had camped at Chobe Safari Lodge who included some Ugandans and non-Ugandans while conducting the visitors around the shores of River Nile.