Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) officials on the Presidential Investor Round Table (PIRT) Tourism Technical Working Group (TWG) pose for a photo with Officials from the Department of Immigration, Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Internal Security Organization and Ministry of Tourism, Wild Life and Antiquities.
This was after they had unanimously agreed on the best strategy to collect Tourism Statistics. The initiative is being undertaken against a backdrop of UIA’s efforts to coordinate Government investment relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to enhance service delivery. UIA is the Secretariat to the PIRT whose aim is to recommend investment enabling policies to HE the President, in a bid to have them implemented and improve Uganda’s competitiveness in the global economy.
The meeting took place yesterday at the UIA offices. UIA tabled the PIRT proposals that could be considered for inclusion in the budget 2017/18, to the representatives from Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. Some of the proposals included: exemption of service tax for the Tourism Industry, NSSF payment/ withdraws using dollars, specific incentives for local manufacturing industry i.e. Pharmaceuticals, and more funds for the One Stop Centre among others.
Similar consultative meetings at the technical level are ongoing with different MDAs for instance, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives regarding the regulation of the Sugar sector in a bid to promote sugar manufacturing in Uganda and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries for seed requirements for industrial juice processing.