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Uganda.gifThe 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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Kadaga to market Karamoja in USA

Published on August 08, 2016
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has advised the Karimojong to get organised and start producing beads and other cultural jewellery in bulk to be exported to the United States of America. While opening the annual national cultural exhibition on Sunday at the Uganda Museum in Kampala, Ms Kadaga who represented the President, said the Karimojong are gifted with the talent of making beads and jewels that summarise Uganda’s cultural heritage. This, she said, Ugandans should be proud of because Kenyans are doing it, so are Nigerians and other African countries. The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga said, I am going to promote and sell the Kaiamojong beads to the AGOA market but the problem may be the quantities. The problem we have as Ugandans is that we never treasure our cultures. We are not proud of our country and even when we are singing the national anthem, we do not seem to be proud of it. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Ugandan youth change heart to agriculture

Published on August 01, 2016
The Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) program and results of participatory research undertaken on youths and agriculture in Northern Uganda found that many are eager to move into the sector but are hampered by initial funding costs. Jane Lowicki-Zucca, DYNAMIC Program Director said, Both male and female youth in Northern Uganda are highly enthusiastic about undertaking agriculture as a business, both on and off farms – they see the income and growth potential, and most are already involved in some way. According to Lowicki-Zucca, DYNAMIC five year program will facilitate links between private and public sector actors, youth and parents to overcome barriers to employment and self-employment for youth in agricultural markets in eight districts. Read more. Source | East African Business Week
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Uganda targets quality seed

Published on August 01, 2016
Working in collaboration with Uganda Seed Traders Association (USTA) and Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD), the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)  launched a nationwide campaign to create awareness and influence adoption of quality seed by both subsistence and commercial farmers. The campaign dubbed “Golden Harvest” has been designed with a promise to farmers to “Celebrate greater yields” only if they plant quality seed.  The Director for Crop Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Okaasai Opolot said quality seeds that have been certified by the Ministry are clearly labeled. Read more. Source | East African Business Week
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EAC women business leaders call for more support

Published on July 27, 2016
Regional governments have been urged to give more support to women in business to enhance entrepreneurship and ensure equitable and sustainable development. Mary Muthoni, the chairperson of Women in Business Committee at Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), said women entrepreneurs have limited access to affordable credit, and lack skills required to provide innovative products or services.  Muthoni said these challenges are hindering efforts by women to engage in cross-border trade. Read more. Source | New Times
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Agriculture can adapt biotechnology

Published on July 14, 2016
Uganda’s Minister of State for Agriculture, Christopher Kibanzanga has said for farmers to shift into middle income status as anticipated, they should be helped to adopt and embrace modern ways of farming which he said require the adaptation of Biotechnology in the Agricultural sector. Kibanzanga said over depending on traditional approaches of agricultural production has exposed many Ugandans to food Insecurity because the yields from their gardens cannot synchronies with demand for food at their homesteads thus exposing many to starvation. Citing Ruwenzori region as an example to drive his point home, Kibanzanga said Ruwenzori region used to be the leading producer of cotton and maize but currently there’s not much production taking place in the region. Read more. Source | East African Business Week
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App for scientists to report animal disease developed

Published on July 08, 2016
Ugandan scientists in the animal sector now have privilege to use an internet based application for tracking various animal diseases dairy farmers are faced with. The App designed to collect data about a particular animal disease outbreak in a specific geographical area is an initiative by Food and Agriculture Organisation which was initially piloted in 10 districts covering the cattle corridor but it is now intended to cover the entire country. Mr Edward Okori National Livestock Programme officer, FAO Uganda in explaining how the tool works, noted that the application referred to as EMPRES-i event mobile Application (EMA) is an  Android software web based for those in veterinary service to communicate and report disease surveillance to a platform housed at Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Centre (NADDEC) Entebbe through an email. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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URA now takes over issuing of Certificates of Origin for exports

Published on July 08, 2016
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has taken over the issuing of Certificates of Origin to Ugandan exporters in order to do away with the bureaucracy that was delaying exportation of goods. The role was initially being played by the Uganda Exports Promotion Board (UEPB). In international trade, a Certificate of Origin is a document that confirms that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. URA commissioner customs Dicksons Kateshumbwa said, A directive issued by the Ministry of Finance decided that the role of issuance of these certificates moves to URA in order to facilitate exporters. There have been delays under the previous arrangement and this affects doing business. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Government launches e-visa to attract investment

Published on July 08, 2016
People who want to visit Uganda for business or pleasure can now apply for visas and permits online, thanks to the introduction of e-visa system. The new system, which started functioning this financial year, eliminates earlier bureaucratic procedures which were slow and tedious. While sharing some of their achievements with ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze and his junior Idah Nantaba early in the week in Kampala, Mr Peter Kahiigi, the National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U) director e-government, said: “The e-visa system will not only save time but also reduce on the human contact which many times see people ask for kickbacks in order to help travellers.” Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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