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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

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
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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  
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New technologies can reduce post-harvest losses, end aflatoxin infestation

Published on June 21, 2016
From infestation to mold, inadequate storage facilities often lead to large grain losses in many countries, hampering efforts to improve national food security for the poorest families. Even efforts by national governments across Africa to store grain in large quantities have often yielded disappointing results. These are some of the challenges that more than 100 experts from 15 countries discussed at the first Africa Strategic Grain Reserve conference held in Nairobi last week. The conference brought together governments, grain traders, researchers, international organisations and innovative storage technology companies whose primary concern is provision of safe storage solutions for national grain reserve agencies. Read more. Source | New Times  
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EAC competition authority to start operations in July

Published on June 20, 2016
The East African Community Competition Authority (EACCA) will be operational from July with a mandate to curb unfair trade practices in the region and protect consumers from substandard goods. The authority will restrict trade practices and transactions that unduly limit fair competition.  Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation Susan Kolimba said, The EACCA will commence operations in the 2016/2017 financial year and will act as a one-stop-centre in the enforcement of its provisions.
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EALA members to engage private sector operators on Common Market Protocol

Published on June 17, 2016
    Rwanda’s East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) members will today meet hoteliers, tour operators and transporters to listen to their problems in regard to doing business in the region. This comes as the Assembly works to get to the bottom of various issues affecting the regional economic bloc’s integration agenda. The chairperson of EALA Rwanda Chapter, MP Patricia Hajabakiga, on Wednesday, told The New Times that they will hold a session with players in the three sectors to understand their problems under the context of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol and Customs Management Act. MP Patricia Hajabakiga said We also want to assess the severity of the remaining non tariff barriers. We want to engage people and understand how smooth or not things are moving. We want to know whether what we are usually told officially is the reality on the ground. Read more. Source | New Times
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AGOA Preparedness Workshop Uganda Presentation - By Fred Kong'ong'o, Sector/Market Specialist

Published on June 16, 2016
AGOA Preparedness Workshop  Uganda Presentation -  By Fred Kong'ong'o, Sector/Market Specialist. The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) is the one-stop shop in the East African region for businesses and national governments seeking to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
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Uganda to become regional fertiliser hub

Published on June 13, 2016
African Potash, a company listed on the London Stock Market, has signed an agreement with Uganda that will see the UK firm establish its presence here to supply affordable fertilisers to farmers in the country, East Africa and beyond.  The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last week was witnessed by Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) representatives and the Alliance for Commodity Trade in East and Southern Africa. The two blocs will ensure that quality of fertilisers is up to required standards as agreed in the deal. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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Trade in East Africa

Published on June 13, 2016
A regional club of six countries, the EAC is now the most integrated trading bloc on the continent. Its members agreed on a customs union in 2005, and a common market in 2010. The region is richer and more peaceful as a result, argues a new paper* from the International Growth Centre, a research organisation. Many things boost trade, from growth to international deals. The researchers use some fancy modelling to pick out the effect of the EAC. They find that bilateral trade between member countries was a whopping 213% higher in 2011 than it would otherwise have been. Trade gains from other regional blocs in the continent are smaller: around 110% in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and 80% in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Read more. Source | The Economist
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