The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, has called on visiting Slovenian nationals to promote Uganda’s tourism potential by sharing their discoveries in Uganda when they return home.
Oulanyah made the remarks during a dinner reception with the visiting delegation at Kampala Serena Hotel on Thursday 1st February, 2018.
He encouraged the visitors to discover why former British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, described Uganda as ‘the Pearl of Africa’, a description about the people, the land, the landscape, the water bodies and animals.
“We have people out there who have a dream to expand what they have and are looking for areas of expansion. Uganda is one such place where one won’t be disappointed,” said Oulanyah.
The Deputy Speaker commended the delegation for choosing Uganda as their preferred destination, and asked them to discover what makes Uganda and its people unique, despite some negative reports.
The team of 29, led by Professor K.M. Alexander, called on the Deputy Speaker on their arrival last month, a meeting during which he invited them to a dinner which he hosted in their honour.
Oulanyah alluded to his visit to Slovenia in May 2017 at the invitation of Ambassador Dr. Mumtaz Kassam, Uganda’s Deputy Head of Mission in Rome-Italy; which he described as an important connection made.
“The rivers, lakes and seas that divide us are not deeper than the blood that connects us as human beings. To make this connection is critical and important,” said Oulanyah.
He added that connections serve a purpose that is unveiled at every stage, and thanked Ambassador Dr. Mumtaz for making the connection.
At the close of the event, the Deputy Speaker toasted to friendship, partnership and progress between Uganda and Slovenia.
The delegation that ends its visit to Uganda on 9th February, 2018, comprised of academicians and members from civil society organizations.