Pursuant to Regulation 17 of the NCS Statutory Instruments of 2014 https://www.ncs.go.ug/files/NCS%20STATUTORY%20INSTRUMENT%202014.pdf , National Council of Sports convened the first ever National Sports Associations/Federations Forum at NCS Headquarters, Lugogo on the 28th May 2019. In attendance were leaders of National Sports Associations/ Federations, NCS Council Members, Journalists and was chaired by the Honorable Minister of State for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi. 

The Forum presented a platform for sharing views and had the following objectives:

1. To recommend to the Hon. Minister on strategies for promoting and developing sports in the country

2. To advise the Hon. Minister on the nature of assistance and support to be given to National Sports Associations/ Federations

3. To collectively draw strategies to attract and solicit funding and partnerships for sports development

4. To assist the Council in branding sports in the country

The Hon. Minister in his remarks noted that the forum gives him and the sports leaders an opportunity for a joined-up approach to address concerns as regards sports development in Uganda. He added "I'm very much interested in having your opinions, views and ideas, that you as leaders of sports associations and key stakeholders have about the future of sports in Uganda and how we can deliver the very best sport in Uganda in the coming years."

The Ag.General Secretary, Dr. Patrick Ogwel pointed out that the Forum was the beginning of many more periodic engagements with sports leaders to devise strategies to sustain and develop sports in Uganda.

The Forum had deliberations on taxation on equipment, hosting of International Sports events, law on merchandising and commercial rights, apportionment of government funds, infrastructural development and governance.

The Minister in his closing remarks noted that the outcomes of such interactions should feed into the Cabinet Paper to advocate and address concerns of the sports sector. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019