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Uganda

The Hub's accomplishments in Uganda to Date:  

  • To date the Hub has supported 116 firms and associations to increase their export competitiveness
  • 17 firms have been supported to participate in various trade shows resulting in 54 business linkages
  • Hub facilitated AGOA exports as at June 30 2017 stood at $346,171
  • Exports to other market destinations as a result of Hub support are $20,200
  • Due to the expanding export opportunities, 378 new full time equivalent (FTE) jobs have been created, 96% of which are for women
  • Facilitated $5,798,280 new private sector investments
  • Supported 1 firm to attain international export certification standards

Related Blogs and Resources

Uganda, Tanzania farm produce bridges deficit

Published on May 06, 2015
Kenya is increasingly becoming a market for agriculture products from Uganda and Tanzania. According to the 2015 Economic Survey, massive imports of unmilled maize and sugar from the pair boosted their trade with Kenya by 27.2 per cent in 2014 compared with the previous year. This is good news for the two countries that are major destinations for Kenya’s industrial products. Kenya faced a maize shortage for part of last year while the perennial sugar shortage of about 300,000 metric tonnes provides a ready market for members of the trading bloc. The East African Community trade protocol allows countries unrestricted market access across the boundaries. Read more. Source | Daily Nation
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U.S. is discovering that Africa is open for business

Published on May 04, 2015
The East African Community countries recently signed a deal with the U.S. in which we committed to reducing trade barriers and to cooperate with the U.S. on customs issues, easing red tape and streamlining trade standards. The U.S. will help with training on food safety, and animal and plant health standards. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the agreement was “an important steppingstone for deepening what has already proven itself to be a promising and impactful partnership,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The trade initiative, he added, would be expanded to include other African countries. The Obama administration has reached out to Africa through the Power Africa and Trade Africa initiatives to encourage trade and investment. As U.S. ambassador to Uganda, Scott DeLisi has said: “As we look to the future, it is clear that Africa is more important than ever to the prosperity of the international community and to the United States. Africa’s economies are among the fastest growing in the world. Uganda, which has such tremendous potential, is of particular interest, with fertile soils, abundant water, a strategic location in the heart of East Africa, a university recognized across the continent for its excellence, and, most importantly, hardworking people with an entrepreneurial spirit.” Read more. Source | Star Tribune Business
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AmCham to contribute to Uganda’s agribusiness development

Published on April 22, 2015
In a meeting held on 21st April 2015 at the Uganda Investment Authority offices, Ms Meg Jaguar (Jakana Foods), the Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Uganda (AmCham), expressed her optimism about the growth and development of the agri business sector. Together with some officials from the Embassy of the United States of America, she had accompanied a delegation of 9 business men in varied areas of agribusiness. The group that said they were on a fact finding mission into the status of agribusiness and how their companies that engaged in modern agri technology could do business in the sector, comprised member companies from the USA, Kenya, India, and South Africa. Read more. Source | Uganda Investment Authority
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Transport costs in Uganda to reduce after Central Corridor improvements

Published on March 27, 2015
Ugandan traders will soon have an alternative and cheaper route to transport their goods once the projected improvement of the Central Corridor through Dar es Salaam Port is complete.Currently, Uganda uses the Northern Corridor that runs from the Kenyan port of Mombasa to the Great Lakes region which costs about $3,200 (Shs9.5 million) to transport a single container.However, once the Central Corridor’s multi-modal trade and transport passage which links Tanzania’s main port of Dar es Salaam with the neighbouring landlocked countries is complete; it will take the cost of ferrying the same cargo $1,650 (Shs4.9 million) thus making it a preferred choice. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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East African Community leaders waive permit fees for citizens

Published on March 13, 2015
Presidents of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have agreed to waive working permit fees for citizens within the regional bloc. “Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda professionals can now work within the member states freely. However, one should be a professional. If you are a riffraff, cleaner, sweeper, office messenger or serving tea, we don’t want you in Uganda. This waiver only applies to professionals,”Okello Oryem, the state minister for foreign affairs said. Read more. Source | New vision
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Uganda: Malaba gets one-stop border post

Published on March 02, 2015
The clearance of cargo along the Uganda-Kenya Malaba border post is expected to be faster, relieving that point of the traffic congestion that had become a headache, after the opening of the one-stop-border post. Read more. Source | All Africa
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Uganda scraps work permits and visa fees for Kenyans and Rwandans

Published on February 23, 2015
Uganda has scrapped work permit fees and visa requirements for Kenyans and Rwandans entering and leaving the country.The decision is in line with the ongoing implementation of the “free movement” system under the East African Community Common Market Protocol that was signed in 2009 by presidents Museveni (Uganda), Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi. Read more. Source|The Citizen
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Uganda to gain access into 25 world markets

Published on February 19, 2015
Ugandan service providers will soon be able to render professional services to more than 25 World Trade Organisation (WTO) member countries, information from the Trade ministry indicates so.This development was agreed upon in a high level meeting of the WTO Services Council on February 5, held in Geneva, Switzerland.The meeting was convened to discuss measures which would support the growth of service trade in Least Developed countries (LDCs) through granting services exports with preferential treatment. Read more. Source|Daily Monitor
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