Kenya and Uganda’s Notable Potential for Growth will Strengthen Future Opportunities

Kenya and Uganda have robust relations because of the opportunities that exist between the two nations, which consistently support increased development.

According to an OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) report from 2021, trade between Kenya and Uganda has grown significantly in recent years, amounting to 13.7%, as Kenya is Uganda’s most significant source market.

Tourism has played a vital role in bolstering growth as it has substantially contributed to the EAC region. The industry generated 17% of the region’s export revenue, 7% of the employment rates, and an average of 10% of GDP.

The Minister for Regional Cooperation, the Consul General of Uganda to Mombasa, and representatives of the countries addressed the importance of the tourism conference and exhibition during a recent media briefing held during the conference’s launch.

The Kenya Coastal Region representatives announced that marketing and collaborating the unique tourism offerings is a necessity.

The Uganda – Kenya Coast Tourism Conference and Exhibition will be organised and launched by the Mombasa Consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen relations. The Kenya coastal Tourism Association and the Uganda Tourism Association are in partnership with the organisation of the conference alongside the Kilifi, Mombasa, and Kwale counties.

The Minister for Regional Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hon John Mulimba, said, “As a region, we need to promote destination East Africa to the World but most importantly amongst ourselves, to harness the potential of the sector and grow our economies.”

The conference will be held in November at the Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort under the theme, “Strengthening Networks, Synergies and Diversity to Maximise the Tourism Potential between Uganda and the Kenya Coastal Region.”

The Consul General of Uganda to Mombasa, Ambassador Paul Mukumbya addressed the benefit of the partnership and said, “We must promote the potential of our two destinations to attract more visitors and investment in the Tourism sector because this sector has linkages with other sectors of the economy including Agriculture, manufacturing and the service sector among others.”

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