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

‘UIA needs a clear investment policy’

Published on December 07, 2016
On average 300 companies each year are licensed at UIA. Of these, about 40 per cent are out here in the country doing business. When you license somebody for investment; that is the first step. The next is to look for the money. But that person might have talked to his banker who agrees to pay. But persuading them to release the money can take a very long or short time depending on the project and the amount of money. Then once he is assured of the money, he must design the project. Some of the plans in this country take months to be approved.  Then by law, you must do an environmental impact assessment. Now all these processes happen in the background. So if we say this year we licensed about 300, may be 200 of these are still working on that process and when they come it is difficult to link them on the year they were licenced. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Hub's first quarterly dissemination meeting on key EAC Common Market developments in Uganda

Published on December 06, 2016
Kampala, Uganda was the next stop in the series of quarterly East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol implementation update sessions. These events are designed to appraise private and public sector on the progress the EAC Partner States are making towards full implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol. The protocol creates a framework for economic integration among Partner States where there is free movement of goods, labor, services and capital. The Hub works with legal experts in each of the Partner States to research country-level legislative developments and their impact on the integration process. The aim is to flag potentially retrogressive measures, such as discrimination against citizens of other Partner States from participating in the country's economy. Below are some of the key highlights from the meeting. You can also download the presentation here.
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Uganda: Industry High On Government Agenda, Says Trade Minister

Published on December 02, 2016
The minister of Trade Amelia Kyambadde has said government is putting efforts on how to raise awareness about the importance of mobilising finance to generate inclusive and sustainable industrialisation.Ms Kyambadde made the remarks at celebrations to mark 10 years of Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) and Africa Industrialisation Day in Kampala recently.The minister said this year's theme "Financing Industrialisation in Africa; Challenges and winning Strategies" is appropriate at this time when industrialisation is high on government development agenda."Without adequate and affordable finance, Uganda and Africa in general risk not having strong industries to create jobs hence adding value to raw materials thereby risk remaining shackled by joblessness and poverty," she said. Source: AllAfrica. Read more...
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Experts tip entrepreneurs on formalising businesses

Published on November 02, 2016
Business experts have urged budding entrepreneurs to register their businesses, a move they say will enable them access external funding. Mr Badru Ntege, chief executive officer NFT Consult, said when a business is registered, it is easy to receive finance from government or other organisations as opposed to one operating informally. “Some funds require a company to be registered but some of us do not keep a company registered for a year or two, if it is registered, you are not paying taxes so there is inconsistence,” he said at the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kampala last week. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Three Ugandan companies picked to showcase innovations at the Angel Fair

Published on October 31, 2016
Three Ugandan companies; one start-up and two scale-ups have been listed to showcase their innovations at the 4th Angel Fair Africa.  Angel Fair Africa is an event that brings together accelerators, incubators and emerging businesses from across the African continent and investors to do deals. The three companies; YakaKo Ltd, Poketi Ltd and Akello Banker Ltd in the ICT sector, were submitted for rigorous competition for Angel funds by Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), which promotes a number of bankable projects for investment. Ms Sheila Mugyenzi Uganda Investment Authority’s Deputy Director Communications said: “We look forward to continue facilitating the three companies when they return.”She said that they hope for a breakthrough for all or any of the companies. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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AGOA 101

Published on October 26, 2016
AGOA 101 is a publication of the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (The Hub).It outlines the step by step process that Ugandan businesses should take to export to the U.S. duty free through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  
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Regional farm talks set for Uganda

Published on October 21, 2016
“Moving the Agribusiness Congress East Africa to Uganda will once again extend the opportunity to set the spotlight on the rapid expansion of the agriculture industries within East Africa,” Jon McLea, Director of Agricona said in the run-up to the event. The fourth Agribusiness Congress East Africa conference will take place in Kampala from November 29-30. It is the first time that the event is being hosted in Uganda. Global players in agriculture services are expected to make an appearance, including seeds and pesticide manufacturers, makers of agro-processing equipment, and a host of companies dealing in post-harvest storage infrastructure. Read more. Source | East African Business Week 
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Comesa moves to boost exports

Published on October 13, 2016
Inclusive and sustainable industrialisation is one way to help the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) countries to move away from relying on exportation of unprocessed primary commodities to processed products. Although trade among Comesa member countries increased to $22 billion (Shs74.8 trillion) in 2015 up from $3 billion (Shs10.2 trillion) recorded in 2000, experts say this would be even better if member states complied with value addition. In her message to the new board of Uganda Export Promotion Board, Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde said: “Export development should enable us to produce the required quantities and quality of goods and services on a sustainable basis and to add value to what we produce.” Adding, this will help Uganda get and keep her exports onto the markets among which is Comesa. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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