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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

EAC govts urged to train technocrats in negotiation of trade agreements

Published on July 06, 2016
Regional governments have been urged to invest in capacity building of technocrats involved in international trade negotiations to enhance their skills and ensure they bargain for deals that will benefit citizens.  According to Henry Kimera of Consumer Food Education Trust (Uganda), with commercial oil and gas deposits being confirmed in almost all the six East African Community (EAC) countries, government must sharpen negotiation skills of technocrats so that they are able to negotiate better deals to ensure maximum benefit for countries. Kimera added that most regional technocrats negotiate from a point of weakness since they are not well-versed with international trade negotiation. Read more. Source | New Times
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Ugandan investors negotiate tough junction into EAC

Published on July 05, 2016
The EAC Common Market protocol is the second stage of the regional integration process that came into force on July 1, 2010, following ratification by all the partner states: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and now South Sudan – the newly admitted member state. The protocol establishment is in line with the provisions of the EAC Treaty. It provides for “Four Freedoms”, namely the free movement of goods; labour; services; and capital, which will significantly boost trade and investments and make the region more productive and prosperous. Contrary to what their counterparts who have raised their respective national flags high making use of the freedoms through investing into other member states, Uganda is taking baby steps. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Uganda’s plan to support its agriculture

Published on July 05, 2016
Recruitment of extension workers is underway in Uganda to increase the advisory workforce and inject fresh vitality into the country’s agricultural sector. There are about 1,250 agricultural extension workers for a total population of 34.6 million people, at least 70 per cent of whom live directly off various forms of farming. The Ministry of Agriculture aims to raise the number of extension workers to at least 4,000 over the next three years. By the end of this financial year, the target is to have recruited 3,000 people. Read more. Source | Daily Nation
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Trade in the East African Community

Published on July 05, 2016
Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda were the first to implement the EAC Treaty in 2000, which were then followed by Burundi and Rwanda in 2007. Similarly, each set of countries joined the customs union separately in 2005 and 2007 respectively. All five members received more than $2 million in USAID assistance in FY2014. Kenya is considered lower-middle-income, while the others are classified as low-income countries by the World Bank. The EAC experienced significant growth in the past decade. Population rose by 35 percent or 40.65 million people from 2004 to 2014. Burundi’s population increased by 41 percent, which is the largest growth rate of the five member countries. The average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita among the five member countries was $806.88 in 2014. Tanzania’s and Kenya’s GDP per capita exceeded this average. Burundi’s GDP per capita was the lowest at $286.00. Read more. Source | USAID
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EAC Common Market Implementation Update - Kenya, June 2016

Published on July 01, 2016
The monthly 'Common Market Implementation Update' tracks legal and regulatory developments that have a bearing on Kenya’s compliance with commitments made towards the East African Community' Common Market Protocol (CMP). This issue covers key milestones taken by the Republic of Kenya to advance implementation of the Protocol. On June 29 2016, Kenya approved the ratification of the EAC Protocol on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. Download the report.
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Exploit marketable products to diversify economy - World Bank

Published on June 30, 2016
World Bank Group has urged Uganda to develop and utilise her 800 tradable products properly to achieve broad economic diversification needed for long term and sustainable economic development.Diversification of the economy and broad-based economic development are critical for the long-term sustainable development in resource-rich developing countries (RRDCs). Evidence from around the world shows some countries with a strong resource base have managed to diversify their economies and exports, but many have not. The Bank says though Uganda has expanded its export products to 60, there are still a lot of resources that need to be exploited to transform and diversify the economy. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Cross-border traders sensitised on benefits of EAC integration

Published on June 30, 2016
Co-operatives of small traders involved in cross-border business at Gatuna on the Rwanda-Uganda border have intensified sensitisation campaigns among members and stakeholders to ensure they benefit more from the East African Community (EAC) integration.  According to Jane Bayera, the chairperson of Gatuna Crossborder Co-operative, some traders don’t know most of the opportunities presented by EAC integration and the bigger market that comes with it. Bayera said the sensitisation will also enable the traders and stakeholders to identify and report any non-tariff barriers (NTBs) that affect their operation with a view of improving the business environment to enhance trade and investment. Read more. Source | New Times
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UIA promotes bankable projects to boost investments

Published on June 29, 2016
In an effort to attract tangible investment both foreign and local investors, Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) will now be dealing more with well-developed bankable projects. This is a shift from the previous strategy which solely focused on promotion of the country’s economic potential sectors. Speaking at the ‘Investment Opportunities in Uganda and Networking’ conference, one of the events to mark UIA’s 25 years of existence at Hotel Africana last week, UIA executive director, Mr Frank Ssebowa said The modern investor has become more sophisticated and the old investment sector profiles are no longer adequate. We used to have a lot of sector profiles churned out yet all our neighbors have almost the same resources, climate and friendly people. We must do something different. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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