The Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives intends to award works contracts for construction of commercial buildings, warehouses, border market and related facilities at Border Export Zone sites with financial assistance from the European Union through COMESA under the RIIP II Project.

Tenderers are invited to bid for any one of the following contracts:

Commercial Building/Warehouse and related facilities at Kagoropa-Oraba (MTIC/ NAO/COMESA/RIIP/BEZ/CONS/ORABA/1)

Warehouse and related facilities at Busia-Masafu (MTIC/NAO/COMESA/ RIIP//BEZ/CONS/BUSIA/2)

Warehouse and related facilities at Kabale- Katuna Road (MTIC/NAO/COMESA/ RIIP/BEZ/CONS/KATUNA/3)

Border Market and related facilities at Lwakhakha (MTIC/NAO/COMESA/ RIIP/BEZ/CONS/LWAKHAKHA/4)

The Tender dossiers are published on the website of the Ministry under the Procurement notices section and on the COMESA Secretariat website 

The tender dossiers are also available for inspection at:


The Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives

Farmers House, 5th Floor, Room 507

P.O. Box 7103, Kampala, Uganda

Attention: Project Coordinator RIIP II


The deadline for submission of tenders is Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 12PM East Africa Standard Time. A tender opening session shall be held on the same day at 2PM. Possible additional information or clarifications/questions shall be published on the Ministry’s website or in the media.




Uganda is one of the beneficiary Countries of AGOA that was enacted on 18th May, 2000 as Public Law 106 of the 200th Congress and it was in June 2015 extended for another ten (10) years to 2025 and thus we have the opportunity to fully exploit this preferential market.
AGOA provides duty free quota free access to the US for sub-Saharan Africa for up to 6500 product lines under the US generalized system of preferences program.
By 2004, Uganda had already exported the following Ugandan products to the American market; Textile and apparel products, home decor, crafts, shea butter and leather shoes; among others.
From 14th to 15th May 2019,AGOA Office Uganda,The Ministry of Trade,The Parliament of Uganda,USAID and East Africa Trade Hub organized a sensitization workshop and exhibition under the theme READINESS TO MEET THE USA CONSUMER. The Speaker of Parliament RT.HON. REBBECCA KADAGA was the chief guest.
In her speech,the Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives highlighted the benefits of the program as
  1. Increased export revenue obtained by the enterprises;
  2. Employment opportunities within the Country;
  3. Increased utilization of raw materials; and,
  4. Inter-sector linkages will be harnessed within the economy, among others.


    Read Full Speeches:

    Hnn MTIC Speech at AGOA Exhibition

    Speaker of Parliament Speech at Exhibition

    Summary of AGOA Uganda Program


The Buy Uganda, Build Uganda (BUBU) is a government policy that was approved by Cabinet in 2014 to promote the consumption and procurement of goods and services produced locally. This will encourage foreign and local investors to produce locally, improve capacity of local producers to supply government, enhance the quality and competitiveness on the local & international market, create jobs and drive the country to achieve the Middle Income Status.

The BUBU Expo Project

The BUBU Expo is an annual three (3) day event under a Private Public Partnership between The Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives (MTIC) and Investment Review Publications (IRP), aimed at promoting BUBU by:

  1. Promoting local content.
  2. Encouraging and building patriotism in the general public.
  3. Enhancing networking and coordination around the BUBU policy

The Inaugural BUBU Expo is going to be a three (3) day event, which will take place at Kololo Airstrip from Thursday 7th  to Saturday 9th March 2019.

There  will be a BUBU Official Launch of the BUBU Logo, Online Marketing Platform (Soko Uganda) & the theme song the Govt MEDIA CENTER on Thursday 7th March 2019 at 8:00 AM.

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Ambassador Julius Onen, the permanent secretary ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives  died on  Sunday night (10th March 2019) at Paragon hospital where he had been admitted.  

He had just returned from India where he had gone to seek treatment.

Amb. Onen was born on the  4th of September,1948 at the Mission hospital at Aber.

He has been working as a Permanent Secretary since 2009.

He is remembered fondly in the Ministry of Trade for his firm but humorous leadership.

During His Era,the ministry has seen the birth of many mushrooming industries, the recapitalization of Uganda Development Bank,Revival of Uganda development Cooperation,the revival of Co-operative Union and the Buy Uganda, Build Uganda [BUBU] policy and several other policies.

He is remembered as a diplomat,excellent negotiator and one with moral clarity.

Mr Sam Kutesa, the Foreign Affairs minister, who was his boss as a diplomat, eulogized the late as a one who served his country with maximum dedication that left an indelible mark in Foreign Service.

The deceased has also been a Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Board member.

MS Amelia Kyambadde, the Trade minister, said the deceased mentored her in several aspects especially policy aspects.

Deputy Chief Justice Owiny Dollo, the government representative at the Prayer mass said it is absurd the late Onen died at a time when he had started to help restructure the socio-economic life of Acholi after the insurgency which started in 1960s.

Onen was  laid to rest on 16th March 2019 in Diima on the Kampala-Gulu highway.

May His Soul Rest in Peace.


On 31st October 2018, the ministry held its 9th sector review conference at Hotel African. The theme of the Review conference was “Enhancing Competitiveness of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises for National Export Development.

The theme for this year emphasized the contribution of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) towards the economic development of Uganda. The economic development of Uganda is premised on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The sector spreads across all sectors with 52% in service sector, 33% in commerce and trade, 10% in manufacturing and 8% in other sectors. MSMEs are the key drivers in fostering innovation, wealth creation and job creation with over 3.5 million employments making it the largest employer in the country. The MSMEs Enterprises account for approximately 90% of the entire private sector, with over 80% of manufactured output contributing 18% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

During the conference;

  • The Hon Minister Presented the performance report for the Trade, industry and Cooperatives Sector for Financial Year 2017/18:; Click here to read
  • The Ministry recognized 10 SMEs for outstanding performance in Export, Product Certification and Cleaner production,
  • The Ministry Launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Strategic Plan 2016/17 - 2020/21,
  • The ministry and stakeholders Shared ideas on how to promote the sector.

 Uganda Export Promotion Board Uganda Warehouse Receipt System Authority Management Training and Advisory Centre Uganda National Bureau of Standards Uganda Industrial Research Institute