Africa’s biggest conference on HIV to boost tourism in Ugandaadmin
It has been organized since 1990 to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS with a vision for an African continent free of HIV
When COVID-19 started ravaging the country, the tourism sector became its first casualty, with many businesses closing and hundreds losing their jobs.
As Africa’s largest International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA) draws closer, stakeholders believe that the biggest beneficiary will be the tourism sector. They estimate that the conference will attract about 10,000 people physically.
“This conference will bring in added benefits such as promoting our national image, our tourism and our economy as a whole. Remember we just opened the airport to tourism. So this will be a big boost to our nation,” said Florence Namboozo, the chairperson of the HIV committee in Parliament.
Namboozo who was speaking at a national stakeholder meeting with the ICASA Director, Dr Luc Armand Bodea, at Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo on Monday, said that on top of boosting the economy, the conference will give Uganda the opportunity to showcase its achievements in the fight against HIV and AIDS including achievements under the Presidential Fast Track Initiative on Ending AIDS.
“Uganda has been a global leader in the fight against AIDS and we have a lot to share with Africa and the whole world and we are also looking forward to learning from them,” she noted.
The meeting was held to discuss the Country’s preparedness to host the conference in December 2021. Uganda beat off stiff competition from the other five African countries last year to win the bid to host ICASA.