Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda and PMAESA to hold Technical Forum on Sustainably Leveraging Natural Resources to Grow the Economies of Land-linked countries

From Left: Mr. Henry Ategeka (Ag. Principal Marine Inspector – MOWT), Mr George Rukara (Commissioner, Maritime Administration – MOWT), Mr. Kajuna Benon Mwebaze (Director of Transport – MOWT) and Ag. PMAESA Secretary General Col. Andre Ciseau during the planning meeting.

The Ministry of Works & Transport (MOWT) of Uganda is to host a technical forum which aims to heighten the awareness for the need to increase water based form of transport to ultimately grow the economy of Land-linked countries.

The Ministry will host the 1 day event to be held on 1 August 2018 in cooperation with the Port Management Association of Eastern & Southern Africa (PMAESA).

The technical forum will gather experts from the PMAESA membership to share and exchange best practices and benchmarks. The event will touch on issues such as supplementing land based transport with water based transport with the aim of reducing pressure on roads and alleviating environmental degradation.

Ag. PMAESA Secretary General Col. Andre Ciseau during a planning meeting said “PMAESA is willing to support landlinked countries in its membership. Strategies such as development of ports in lakes and development of integrated cruise tourism are encompassed in PMAESA’s long term vision. However for such strategies to succeed it is critical for all concerned stakeholders to cooperate.”

Speaking during the preparatory meeting in Entebbe, the Director of Transport from the Ministry Mr. Kajuna Benon Mwebaze expressed his appreciation to the Ag. Secretary General for holding the meeting in Uganda. Mr. Mwebaze had this to say: “The holding of this important forum in Uganda underscores the important role of land-linked countries in the transport & maritime logistics value chain. We are grateful to PMAESA and we sincerely look forward to productive deliberations.”

The event will also look at how Uganda can capitalize on its natural resources to attract cruise tourists which normally focus on coastal areas.