Uganda to be World’s First Nation to Adopt
Tourism Legislation in support of UN MDG

(Kampala 13 June 2007) Uganda President, HIS EXCELLENCY YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI, in his keynote address to the 4th IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism, announced that his government will introduce Tourism Legislation in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals. In making the announcement, the President said:


 His Excellency Yovery Kaguta Museveni
in his keynote address

”One of the key constraints to tourism development has been the weak law and regulations to guide and enforce proper development in the industry. The role of the law in the sustainable development of tourism and poverty alleviation is critical. The legislation should enshrine policies that are pro poor and underpin a coherent institutional framework and supportive infrastructure for the private sector.

“I therefore urge the policy makers to incorporate principles and regulations in the new legislation that

will enhance the achievement of the goals of PEAP and synchronize with the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.

I specifically would like to sign legislation that empowers the local communities to take advantage of the opportunities to benefit from tourism and enshrine the principles of sustainable tourism development.

Finally, as we grapple with the challenges of tourism development, we should not loose focus of the pre condition of peace in fostering the growth of the travel and tourism industry. I wish to reaffirm my government’s commitment to the entire pacification of the country, to the maintenance of law and order, the provision of support infrastructure and sound economic management principles to facilitate the growth of the tourism industry.”

The catalyst for the Uganda legislation has been the publication: Tourism Legislation and the UN Millennium Development Goals, a joint publication of SNV, a Netherlands-based international development organization that provides advisory services to nearly 1800 local organizations in over 30 developing countries to support their fight against poverty; and the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Center (Australia), the world’s leading scientific institution delivering research to support the sustainability of travel and tourism.

The publication resulted from a regional workshop
that brought together advisors from SNV’s country offices in Bhutan, Nepal, Lao PDR and Vietnam and representatives from their client organizations. Following the workshop, and subsequent research, the need and usefulness of a publication that would link tourism law to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) was acknowledged and John Downes, a tourism law expert, was engaged by SNV’s Asia Tourism Network to develop the publication.

The report was then shared with the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Center (CRC) which agreed to provide editorial assistance and promote the report’s publication and distribution to a wider audience. Dr Paul Rogers, Senior Tourism Advisor with SNV Lao PDR, was responsible for leading and coordinating the initiative from its original conception. Copies of the report are available for purchase from the STCRC online bookshop.

IIPT President Louis D’Amore said: “We were honored to facilitate the introduction of  the publication: Tourism Legislation and the UN Millennium Development Goals, together with the SNV and Sustainable Tourism CRC to the Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry with a view to the adoption of this milestone legislation as a major concrete outcome of the 4th IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism. We look forward to continued collaboration with SNV and STCRC in promotion and implementation of this important legislation.”

A special “Ministers Round Table” on Expanding the Contribution of Tourism to Poverty Reduction and the UN Millennium Development Goals brought together Tourism Ministers from other countries taking part in the conference with a view to encouraging this important legislation in other countries of Africa. Several donor agencies including the SNV, UNDP, USAID and World Bank, as well as UNEP took part in the Round Table to discuss and recommend public – private sector – donor agency – NGO – Civil Society collaborative strategies to move from legislation – towards implementation.


About International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT)

IIPT is dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and poverty reduction, and through these initiatives, help bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world.

IIPT’s mission is to mobilize travel and tourism, the world’s largest industry, as the world’s first ‘Global Peace Industry,’ an industry that promotes and supports the belief that ‘Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.’
 

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