Uganda is sending a delegation of business persons to Italy as one of the initiatives to strengthen the trade relations between the two countries and open up more market opportunities for Uganda products. This was disclosed during a meeting between the Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde and the Italian Ambassador to Uganda H.E Domenico Fornara on to discuss bilateral trade relations between Uganda and Italy.

Members of the Cooperative Movement turned up in big numbers on Monday 27th June, 2016 to participate in the blood donation drive across the country, ahead of the 94th UN International Day of Cooperatives.

The blood donation is one of the activities during the National Cooperatives Week. Other activities include National prayers, delivery of a Cooperatives 5-year Agenda Petition to the 10th Parliament, the I.K. Musaazi Memorial lecture at Makerere University Main Hall, the nationwide annual tree planting drive by members of the cooperatives societies and an xhibition by cooperators at Butalangu Town Council Grounds.

The first ever National Cooperatives Week was launched by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, ahead of the 94th UN International Day of Cooperatives Day celebrations scheduled for Saturday 2nd July, 2016.

The launch took place at Constitutional Square in Kampala as members of the Cooperative Movement donated blood in fulfillment of the 7th International Cooperatives principle – “Concern for Community”.

 

The new State Minister for Cooperatives Hon. Frederick Gume called upon members of the Cooperative movement to participate in planting trees and contribute to environmental protection and mitigation against climate change.

Gume said this while launching the nationwide annual tree planting drive at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives offices at Farmers House in Kampala, on Friday 30th June, 2016, ahead of the 94th UN International Day of Cooperatives celebrations that would take place on Saturday 2nd July, 2016 in Nakaseke District. The drive is aimed at encouraging investment in tree planting as a sustainable investment option. Hon.Gume planted a cooperative tree at farmer’s house.

Uganda has a surplus of 36,000 metric tonnes of sugar. This was established and confirmed by a verification mission on the Ugandan sugar sector undertaken by Kenyan Government, ruling out all the controversies that have been surrounding Uganda’s sugar exports to the region.

There has been a serious contention in the Region on whether Uganda has sufficient sugar to export to its neighbours in the Region. However, it has been proven that, Uganda has surplus of over 35,000 metric tonnes

Such sentiments impelled the presidents of the two countries Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya and Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda to direct the Ministers responsible for International Trade in their countries to resolve any Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) affecting trade between the two countries including the issue of sugar. Consequently, a bilateral meeting of the Kenya-Uganda Joint Trade Committee (JTC) took place in Nairobi on 29th and 30th October, 2015. The meeting agreed inter alia, that Kenya undertakes a verification mission of the Uganda sugar sector.

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