President Yoweri Museveni has Sunday afternoon welcomed the effort by a visiting delegation of Indian film makers and travel agents to promote Uganda’s tourism.
Speaking to the team at State Lodge Nakasero, Museveni said government applauds the idea, explaining that beyond tourism, Uganda is an investment destination.
“We are open and would be happy to see more Indians come to tour and experience our beautiful culture and nature,” Museveni said.
According to President Museveni, the huge population across Africa, China and India is a plus for the future economic development of the world.
In his remarks, Bharat Dabholkar, an award winning film director, producer, writer and travel guru based in Delhi, noted that the group is in the country to promote its tourism attractions in India.
The Bollywood stars will also undertake special filming projects, Dabholkar said. He explained that bringing in big film producers is one way of showcasing Uganda’s attractions to the world.
For the filming deal, Bollywood will be making an addition to great films like ‘Black Panther’, recently shot in Uganda. It has won and is still winning many more film awards.
Uganda’s High Commissioner to India, Grace Akello who accompanied the delegation said the film industry is a unique medium through which Uganda’s beauty can be displayed, on top of creating other benefits such as job creation and partnerships.
“Uganda’s beauty has great potential for film-makers and will open up opportunities for many Ugandans in terms of jobs creation,” the Ambassador said.
The President was interviewed by Summit Chaturvedi, executive producer of Zee World TV’s WIO – Zee global channel.
Part of the delegation that met with Museveni were members of the Travel Agency Federation of India (TAFI) and Shobanadri Yarlagadda, lead producer of Baahubali a famous trilogy film in India.