Uganda can reach the world through the ‘new’ En­tebbe

The East African - - OPINION -

IN A few years, Uganda will open a new look En­tebbe In­ter­na­tional Air­port, thanks to an on-go­ing up­grade.

Across the world, air­port re­con­struc­tion is in full gear. Some coun­tries have aban­doned their old air­ports for an en­tirely new sta­teof-the art fa­cil­ity like Sene­gal has done with Blaise Di­agne In­ter­na­tional Air­port. In East Africa, Kenya car­ried out a ma­jor up­grade on the Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port while Rwanda will soon open Buge­sera In­ter­na­tional Air­port to the world.

All this is hap­pen­ing for ob­vi­ous rea­sons: De­mand for newer and bet­ter aero­drome fa­cil­i­ties. In Uganda, while the gov­ern­ment is work­ing on Kabaale In­ter­na­tional Air­port, En­tebbe is also be­ing given a new look. With the im­pend­ing re­turn of Uganda Air­lines to the skies, there is a need to pre­pare.

Upon com­ple­tion, we want En­tebbe In­ter­na­tional to tell the unique story of Uganda, its peo­ple and its cul­ture. From the coun­try’s moun­tain go­ril­las and its story of Chris­tian Mar­tyrs to its hos­pi­tal­ity and cof­fee, there will be more than enough to tell vis­i­tors.

We can give En­tebbe air­port art­work about the Big Five of our wildlife. The world knows that the best cof­fee is served in Uganda’s cof­fee ter­races, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a sec­tion of the air­port car­ry­ing our cofffe.

Uganda’s cul­ture could play a big part in at­tract­ing more vis­i­tors to the coun­try but we must put in the ef­fort. It will take the com­mit­ment and in­volve­ment of ev­ery Ugan­dan. Is this some­thing we can do? Yes, we can.

Si­mon J. Mone Via e-mail

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