The Public Relation Association of Uganda (PRAU) held its annual general meeting last Thursday at Sheraton Kampala hotel.
The meeting discussed various issues partaining to the future of communications in Uganda – before crowning the day with a sumptuous dinner, where the main highlight was the launching of the 2015 PRAU excellence awards, which will happen in the first half of the year.
For some reason, the awards didn’t happen this year. But the association promised that they would return bigger and better – with even something special for the practitioners – a boot camp, which is also planned for early next year.
Speaking at the event, the PRAU president, Henry Rugamba, sought support of the minister for Information and National Guidance, Rosemary Namayanja, who is also patron of the association, to issue a ministerial directive that compels all public relations practitioners to be members of PRAU.
He reported that the association had made significant progress towards preparing for accreditation to be established by a statue of Parliament so that for one to practise public relations, they must be accredited by the association. Namayanja, who was the guest of honour, praised PRAU for building a g network of communication practitioners.
Namayanja attributed the improvement in information flow among government ministries to enrolment of its communication personnel into PRAU. She urged development partners and the business community to embrace the association and support it towards building a g, credible and ethical public relations industry in Uganda.
On accreditation, Namayanja asked the association to present its papers to Parliament and pledged her support.
Source : The Observer