Subscribe to our newsletter HUB INFOGRAPHICS, FACT SHEETS & SUCCESS STORIES THE AFRICA GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (AGOA) Trade & Investment News Read Our Blog HUB EVENT VIDEOS Newsletters

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

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
read more

Africa embraces drones for crops monitoring and research

Published on June 27, 2016
Scientists are planning to develop drones to monitor farms and facilitate scientific research in Africa. The technology has already been adopted in the US and Europe, where scientists and farmers use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collect agricultural statistics. In recently published research findings by Grand View Research, the global commercial drone market is estimated at $522 million and could grow to $2.07 billion by 2022, with farmers dominating the list of drones users.  Prof Lukman Mulumba of Makerere University said,  In the digital era, everything revolves around information. UAVs are important because they can play an important role in agricultural info-economics Read more. Source | East Africa  
read more

EAC states review CET to protect imported goods from double taxation

Published on June 27, 2016
East African Community member states have resolved to review the common external tariffs (CET) for goods imported into the region to strike a deal on  the taxation of “sensitive” products. Wheat and textile are classified as sensitive goods and their imports attract higher duty because the idea is to protect local industries. But in cases where countries do not have the capacity to produce they ask for special rates to import them from outside the EAC. So Kenya had asked for a rate of 10 per cent  to import wheat instead of the standard 35 per cent. Read more. Source | East African
read more

'Agriculture will deliver Uganda to middle income status’

Published on June 23, 2016
Economists and agricultural experts have said agriculture will deliver the country to middle income status if its potential is well harnessed.This was at the fifth National Agriculture and Food Security Forum held in Kampala on Tuesday. Ms Sarah Sewanyana, the executive director of the Economic Policy and Research Centre (EPRC), said there is need to think how best to help Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) programme achieve the best in the agricultural sector. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
read more

Smallholder farmers to buy tools at low cost

Published on June 22, 2016
A partnership aimed at helping smallholder farmers acquire farm equipment through affordable means to increase productivity, has been signed between the Microfinance Support Centre and Engineering Solutions Ltd. Through the partnership the Microfinance Support Centre (MSC) and Engineering Solutions (ENGSOL) want to ensure supply of genuine agricultural farm equipment, provide funding for purchase of agricultural farm equipment and implement affordable and favourable terms; provide after sales services; and ensure availability of spare parts for machinery supplied. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
read more

Tanzanian wins Agribiz contest in Kenya

Published on June 21, 2016
A Tanzanian, Mercy Kitomari, has won a 3,000 US dollars (over 6.0m/-) after excelling in a regional youth agribusiness contest held in Kenya. Mercy, of Nelwas Gelato Company, took the second position in the 2016 Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition Start-ups category held in Nairobi Kenya. She beat 13 other competitors from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi to receive 3,000 US dollars as a seed capital, according to a statement from Nairobi. Nelwas Gelato provides ice cream, popsicles and sorbets with fresh fruit taste and low fat. The Inter Region Economic Network and Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition Team Leader, Director, Mr James Shikwati said the main goal was to offer young innovators an opportunity to scale up agribusiness activities through training initiatives. Nelly Ngunguru, Sector Analyst, USAID's East Africa Trade & Investment Hub said, We are proud to support eastern Africa youth to meet financiers and investors, and thereby grow their enterprisers Read more. Source | Daily News  
read more

Video: Sseko Designs, Uganda - An AGOA Success Story:

Published on June 21, 2016
Ugandan shoe company Sseko Designs is a prime example of the difference the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) can make for African exporters. Sseko designs, makes and exports fashionable footwear and other accessories. It is also a social enterprise that supports girls in Uganda to raise funds for university. The company has grown from five employees to 35 full-time workers in the span of five years. Today, it exports an average of 3,000 pairs of sandals per month, making it the largest shoe exporter in Uganda. We recently chatted with Ms. Agnes Netunze, Operations Manager at Sseko, about the company and the impact AGOA has had in helping them become more competitive.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd3XYQdvo9g
read more

Kenya to ratify EAC food quality and safety protocol

Published on June 21, 2016
Agriculture secretary Willy Bett has said Kenya will ratify the regional food quality and safety pact in the latest effort to boost cross-border trade. World Trade Organisation has recommended the pact — the East African Community (EAC) Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Protocol to guide handling of plant and animal materials. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said, The protocol will take care of food safety issues and standards that are currently affecting our animal and plant items. The key for ratification, however, is that it will enhance trade in and across the region hence a matter of urgency for Kenya.  Read more. Source | Business Daily  
read more