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.

The New Minister of trade Industry and Cooperatives Hon Amelia Kyambadde at the swearing in ceremony.

 

Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) have commended Uganda on the steps forward towards realizing economic integration in the East African Region. EALA MPs are currently undertaking an outreach and sensitization programme in the 6 partner states, under the theme “EAC Integration Agenda: Accessing the gains”

Uganda Joins the Rest of the World to Celebrate International Cooperatives day;

 

International Day of Co-operatives is an annual celebration of the cooperative movement observed on the first Saturday of July, celebrated worldwide. This year, it will fall on July 2nd.

 

THEME

 

This year’s theme is: “Cooperatives: The power to act for a sustainable future”.

PURPOSE

The purpose of International Day of Cooperatives is to increase awareness on cooperatives and promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality and world peace. It brings together cooperatives, civil society, financial institutions, policy makers, regulators, academia and other stakeholders to celebrate and review the current state of the cooperative movement, share challenges/ successful experiences and discuss other pertinent issues affecting Cooperatives.

VENUE

In Uganda, it is held in rotation by Cooperatives in various parts of the country. This year, it will take place at Butalango Town Council Grounds, in Nakaseke District. It will be hosted by Uganda Meat Producers Cooperative Union. His Excellency the President is expected to be the Chief Guest.


 

THE COOPERATIVE WEEK: 27th June – 2nd July 2016

The Ministry in collaboration with other stakeholders has earmarked the last week of June 2016 as the Cooperative Week and intends to undertake a number of activities across the country. These are aimed at increasing awareness of cooperatives. A brief on the activities is provided below;

1. Monday, Monday June 27 2016: National Blood donation drive

Working in conjunction with the Uganda Transfusion Service, Cooperators and the public will donate blood at the seven regional blood banks in the country (Mbale, Gulu, Arua, Fort portal, Mbarara, Masaka and Kampala). This is line with the Seventh Principle of Cooperatives: Concern for Community.

2. Wednesday, June 29, 2016: Nationwide Tree Planting Campaign

Working in conjunction with National Forestry Authority and Operation Wealth Creation, timber and fruit tree seedlings will be planted by members of the community to generate income/wealth through sustainable economic practices. This is aimed at environmental protection and mitigating against climate change.

3. Thursday June 30, 2016: Ignatius K. Musazi Memorial Lecture/ National Cooperative Convention

The Late Ignatius Musazi made tremendous contribution to the growth and development of the Cooperative movement in Uganda. A lecture in his honor will be held at Makerere University to be followed by a National Cooperative Convention at the same venue. The main objective of the Convention is to review the current state of the cooperative movement and make recommendations on the way forward. Topics will include the current regulatory framework, challenges to the Cooperative sector, agricultural financing and others. (Details will be availed in due course).

4. Friday July 1st 2016: Mega Media Drive and beginning of exhibitions at Nakaseke.

This day will be dedicated to media coverage of Uganda’s Cooperative movement, its history, successes, challenges and aspirations for the future. On the same day, an exhibition will start at the venue for the main function. The main objective is to give an opportunity to Cooperatives and other stakeholders showcase their products/services to enhance knowledge/ information sharing and promote partnerships.

Saturday July 2, 2016: Main celebrations of International Cooperative Day

The celebrations will include processions, entertainment, Speeches, exhibitions, etc. It will be crowned with the giving out of awards to various personalities who have made a contribution to Uganda’s Cooperative movement.

 


Click here for Highlights of the Coop week 2016

Cooperatives Day 2016 Ministers speech

I have been accosted by some members of the business sector with questions like 'How do we benefit from all those Trade Agreements you are negotiating for? a question that has provoked me to write this article.

Indeed trade is an engine of growth that drives the global economy and a catalyst of development in all countries. It is the most regulated sector in the world where 60 per cent of global treaties, protocols and agreements are trade related. Because trade disputes can lead to conflicts and wars, the global trend is to establish a trade order through negotiations either bilaterally, regionally or globally.

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