Jinja Municipality Mayor, Majid Batambuze, addressing the media at Media Center about the forthcoming Urban Towns Expo and Symposium

By Maria Nassiwa

Kampala: As Uganda is looking forward to urban development and city civilization, the first ever Uganda urban expo is going to be held in Jinja from 5-9 September 2018 at the civil service college Jinja.

The official launch of this event is slated for Friday 3 August 2018 at Hotel Africana starting at 4:00pm
This urban expo and symposium has been organized by Uganda urban expo limited in collaboration with Jinja municipal council and the ministry of lands housing and urban development.

According to the mayor of Jinja, Mr Majid Batambuze this expo is basically to promote the role of secondary cities and to ensure sustainable, resilient and smart urban areas.

“We are focusing on developing secondary cities building sustainable, resilient, livable and smart cities in Uganda,” said Batambuze in a press conference held at Uganda media center.

The theme of the urban expo is “unveiling the hidden business and investment potential of secondary cities and their role in economic development.”

Various stake holders ranging from policy makers, urban local authorities, national, regional and international companies, interested cities all over the world are expected to attend as they exhibit solution to urban challenges.

This urban expo is purposely organized to provide a platform for the discussion and promotion of the role of secondary cities in equitable economic growth, provide information about hidden investments and reveal business opportunities abound in the secondary cities,

The event is also supported by various bodies like united nations capital development fund, world bank, slum dwellers international and the ministry of lands housing and urban development that has accepted to nurture this idea.

The Uganda Urban Expo and Symposium is an opportunity for government to come up with practical solutions to address the challenges of limited resources for urban development.