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.


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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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.
Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has handed over 240 motorized spray pumps worth over UGX 500m to farmers in Teso region to assist them in spraying their fruit trees. The spray pumps which were provided by Government through Uganda Development Corporation (UDC), were officially handed over to the chairperson of Teso Tropival Fruit Farmers Union (TEFCU) Jorem Opian at the Soroti fruit factory in Arapai sub county. He minister also inaugurated the 7 member board of Soroti fruits Ltd, the company that manages the factory. In preparation for the opening of the factory, Uganda Development Corporation, has resumed refresher trainings for farmers mainly in pest and disease control, oust harvest handling, quality management etc.



Uganda has launched the Warehouse and Warehousing Standard for bagged storage of cereals and pulses, the first one in East Africa. The standard which was launched today by Hon. Amelia Kyambadde at Jinja Nile Resort, will improve the quality of storage facilities for cereals and pulses like maize and ultimately improve the quality of our cereals and pulses.

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