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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

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Women to get training in technology

Published on September 21, 2016
Zimba Women, a women-led IT service provider, has organised a summit that aims at educating women on how to use technology in their daily business operations.  “The summit will provide a platform for women entrepreneurs to learn how to use e-commerce to exhibit and grow their businesses, interact with other business women, and build an entrepreneurial support network,” Ms Fadila Saad, the community outreach manager Zimba Women, told journalists at the launch of the summit at Sheraton Hotel Kampala yesterday. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania target private investments worth $10b

Published on September 14, 2016
East African countries want private investors to take up projects worth about $10 billion to fast-track economic development and lift millions out of poverty. Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda unveiled projects worth $9.9 billion at a recent Global African Investment Summit held in Kigali. Analysts believe the three countries are capable of attracting investors because East Africa still presents opportunities for businesses looking for quick returns on investments. Read more. Source | East African
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Uganda maps out plan to raise exports

Published on September 05, 2016
The Uganda Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives last week unveiled its latest blueprint to increase exports and make locally made goods more competitive outside the country. According to a ministerial briefing paper, ‘The ultimate objective of the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Sector is to significantly contribute to wealth and employment creation as well as to transform Uganda from a poor into a modern and prosperous society.’The Main objective of the conference is to conduct a review of the performance of the Sector since the 6th Annual Joint Sector Review Conference of 17th September 2015.  Meanwhile trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde got an unpdate of Uganda’s fortunes in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) duty-free/quota-free arrangement with the United States.According to a statement, Susan Muhwezi, who heads the AGOA docket told the Minister that the strategy is focused on identifying five key products that Uganda can capitalize on and can easily penetrate the US market. Read more. Source | East African Business Week
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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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