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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

Airtel Uganda launches platform to support farmers

Published on August 29, 2016
The Service will provide free public service information on demand to farmers possessing mobile phones in five local languages and also in English. The 1-6-1 Service is provided in partnership with HNI, a global development organization dedicated to technology in the developing world. The 1-6-1 services will be more potential to farmers involved in the growing of five selected crops such Maize Beans, Banana Irish potatoes and Rice. The ICT platform will give farmers information related to harvesting land selection and marketing of the produces across the country.  Commenting during the Launch of the ICT platform at the telecoms head office in Kampala the acting commissioner Extension and Services in the Ministry of Agriculture Zakaya  Muyaka  said the new platform will help Government to offer quality Agricultural Extension services to their farmers  across the country since Government is still challenged with inadequate staff in the Directorate of Agricultural Extension services. Read more. Source | East African Business Week
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New software policy to boost innovation in offing

Published on August 25, 2016
A Science, Technology and Innovations driven economy may soon be a reality in Uganda if Cabinet approves a free and open software being developed. Speaking at the 7th Africa Conference on Open Source Software at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo on Monday, Mr James Saaka, the executive director of National Information and Technology Authority Uganda, said there is a lot of registered software being used but is very costly. He said globally, people develop Free Open Source Software (Foss) which Uganda would emulate for national development. Mr Saaka said the country is in the initial stages to develop Foss, adding that the software can spur investment in research and development. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Private sector okays workplace gender equality programme

Published on August 25, 2016
The private sector in Uganda has pledged to adopt the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for Public and Private Enterprises – a model pioneered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to help organisations create more equitable conditions for men and women at the workplace. The pledge was made after Mr Patrick Bitature, the chairperson of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), and Ms Almaz Gebru, the UNDP country director, signed a declaration at a policy dialogue on Monday on the role of the private sector in delivering Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Embrace cross-border trade, women urged

Published on August 25, 2016
Industrialist Maggie Kigozi has urged Ugandan women business leaders to harness business incentives that regional governments have provided to expand their businesses beyond borders. Speaking at a regional symposium and recognition awards dinner for the most influential women in business and the government last Friday, Ms Kigozi said one of the main incentives they have been given is security.  Industrialist Maggie Kigozi said, Our biggest asset is security. Without security, there is no business. We have economic stability. Inflation has been curbed, administrative barriers have been removed, we have a working civil service and technology is helping us bypass the bureaucratic administration. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor  
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To curb post-harvest losses, hope lies in strengthening cooperatives

Published on August 25, 2016
Post-harvest losses are food losses. Each step of the way from farm to market, there are more and more losses. In a developing country like Uganda, food security relies on producing and storing major staple crops such as grain. However, post-harvest commodity losses remain particularly high.More than 25 per cent of the grain produced is lost in the entire post-harvest chain before reaching the consumer. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Crowdfunding is growing, and East Africa fast becoming hub for cash

Published on August 18, 2016
East Africa is emerging as a hub for crowdfunding. The online platforms — which also offer grants, endowments, debt and equity — raised $37.2 million in 2015 in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Research on crowdfunding — the pooling of money by many individuals for equity investment in startups — and peer-to-peer (P2P) finance show that last year, the nascent segment raised $22 million for investments in Kenya, $7.5 million in Uganda, $4.2 million in Tanzania and $3.5 million in Rwanda. Impressive growth rates of between 112 per cent in Kenya and 312 per cent in Uganda were recorded. In Rwanda, crowdfunding grew by 169 per cent and 281 per cent in Tanzania. Read more. Source | East African 
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Develop mobile money infrastructure to raise financial inclusion, EAC told

Published on August 17, 2016
East African Community states need to develop rural infrastructure (especially electricity and ICT) to enhance mobile phone penetration and facilitate its use. The call was made by experts in reaction to the 2016 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project Report, which, despite showing substantial progress toward advancing financial inclusion in regional countries, indicates there is room for improvement. The report, released last week, evaluates commitment to and progress toward financial inclusion across 26 countries. It says Kenya retained its position as the highest-ranked country in the study by a five percentage point margin. Read more. Source | New Times
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Bank mentors women entrepreneurs in doing business

Published on August 15, 2016
Women entrepreneurs are going to benefit from a tailor made programme that seeks to provide business training and legal counsel for them in their day-to-day business affairs. The dfcu Bank managing director, Mr Juma Kisaame, said the contribution of women to the economy has been steadily growing over the years. The timing of the training comes at a time when Uganda is aspiring to become a middle income country by 2020. For this to happen, Mr Kisaame said the country needs to build a strong and vibrant private sector able to create jobs and tax revenue for the government. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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