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EU Gives Ministry UGX 25Bn for Tourism Industry Reopening

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The Ministry of Tourism has negotiated a 25.2 billion shillings stimulus package from the European Union towards the private tourism sector for post lockdown operations.

This was disclosed by the Accounting officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Doreen Katusiime while interfacing with Members of Parliament on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday.

While presenting a statement on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the sector prior to discussing audit queries, Katusiime noted that the tourism sector has been the hardest hit by the lockdown and private facilities will have great difficulty reopening.

The discussion over a stimulus for the sector was kick started by the deputy chairperson of the committee Okin PP Ojara who queried why the sector never received any funds from the COVID-19 supplementary budget that was approved by parliament.

He questioned if in light of new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Hotels and lodges, funds were not required to enable these facilities to weather the harsh economic times.

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