In her communication to plenary on Tuesday afternoon, Kadaga noted that Uganda had confirmed attendance for the upcoming world expo but no funds were provided in the2019/2020 financial year to facilitate branding of the country’s stall.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has
tasked the Ministries of Finance and Trade to urgently provide funds to enable
Uganda participate in the six months world expo scheduled to take place in 2020
in the Dubai, United Arab Emirates-UAE.
In her communication to
plenary on Tuesday afternoon, Kadaga noted that
Uganda had confirmed attendance for the upcoming world expo but no funds were
provided in the2019/2020 financial year to facilitate branding of the country’s
The Expo scheduled to start on October 20th 2020
to April 10th 2021 is under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the
Future.” “Expo 2020 has been advertised by the
government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the last five years.
Unfortunately, honorable members, the UAE generously constructed stalls for
each country but Uganda has failed to brand hers,” said Kadaga.
She noted that it was urgent for Uganda’s stall
to be branded to allow the country’s efficient participation on the substance
of mobility, sustainability and opportunity theme.
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She said Uganda’s participation in the Dubai
world Expo would offer the country an opportunity on the international stage to
engage in cultural diplomacy, interact with the host country and other
participants, meet potential tourists, trade partners and investors.
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The Kasilo County MP, Elijah Okupa said that it
was an embarrassment for Uganda to leave its stall a skeleton. He demanded that
the Finance Ministry provides funds to allow the branding of the stall to save
the country’s image.
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Masindi Woman MP, Bintu Jalia Lukumu said tthe
expo is expected to bring together 175 countries, saying 60 countries have already
confirmed participation Uganda inclusive.
She said that it is ashaming that
Uganda, which has already confirmed participation, has failed to brand its
stall and risks losing it to other countries.
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The State Minister for Trade, Michael Kafabusa
Werikhe told parliament that his ministry was working together with the Finance
Ministry on the matter.
However, Kadaga shot back, saying his response wasn’t convincing
since no figure is attached to the activity.
Kafabusa then requested for time to report back
in the next week attracting rage from Arua Municipality MP, Kassiano Wadri who
accused him of frustrating parliament’s efforts.
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David Bahati, the State Minister for Planning
said that the matter concerns government and requested for more time as the
Finance Ministry engages the Trade Ministry on the required budget.
they would seek a supplementary budget if the money isn’t available.