On 12 July 2017, the Delegation of Uganda to the World Trade Organisation in partnership with Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) hosted a side event on Trade Facilitation on the side lines of the Sixth Global Review of Aid For Trade. The objective of this session was to show the extent to which Uganda with the support of TMEA had undertaken deliberate and strategic moves to ease the cost of doing business. The Hon Amelia Anne Kyambadde, Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives together with Mr. Frank Matsaert, Chief Executive Officer of TMEA were on the panel to show case the One Stop Boarder Post (OSBP) in Busia. A live link connection was done to feed directly into the panel discussion to an audience of over 500 trade facilitation enthusiasts.

A video highlighting the OSBP processes at Busia was showcased. The three-minute video highlighted: the One Stop Border Post; the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme; and the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System.

During the discussion, the Hon Kyambadde fielded several questions moderated by Mr. Matsaert on why the OSBP; the challenges that obtained before; and the benefits of the OSBP in terms of cost reductions with regard to movement of cargo and clearance of goods.

On first July, 2017 Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate the 95th ICA International Cooperative Day / 23rd UN International Day of Cooperatives. The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Cooperatives is observed on the first Saturday of July each year.

The aim of the commemorating the day is:

  • Underscore the contribution of the cooperative movement to the resolution of major problems addressed by the United Nations.
  • Increase awareness on cooperatives
  • Strengthen and extend the partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors including governments, at local, national and international level.

The theme for this year is INCLUSION and the Slogan is Cooperatives ensure no body is left behind.

In Uganda the national venue for the celebrations is Mbale Cricket Grounds and the Host Union is Bugisu Cooperative Union Ltd.

 

On 10th May 2017 Hon.  Amelia Kyambadde spent her day living as street hawker.  

In her remarks after experiencing the life of a street hawker, the Minister noted that women emancipation has not yet reached all the women especially the vendors on the streets.

She asked the women vendors to register and form cooperatives so as to receive training and help in location to formal   decent trading places.

The live a day in her life was organized by gals international forum NGO.

Live a day in her life is an activity which exposed influential  successful mothers to experience  the life of a simple Mother while understanding  the plight and challenges  the mothers go through each day.

This was done through Exposing a Career, Urban, successful and inspirational mother to a different setting of life in the rural or most disadvantaged area of Uganda by attaching her to a rural vulnerable woman to experience her life for 8 hours.

In the same light, the rural woman is exposed to the career-family life of the Inspirational woman.

 

 

On Thursday 11th May 2017, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde  met the EU Ambassador/Head of Delegation to Uganda Ambassador Kristian Schmidt at the Ministry of Trade Industry and cooperatives.

The meeting highlighted the progress on the EPA negotiations, Uganda trade relations with the EU, exports, job creation, women rights and emancipation.

On the EPAS the two leaders agreed that   the upcoming EAC summit would inform the direction since it is on the agenda.

On Exports the EU will be supporting a market access Upgrade project that will support Cocoa and Coffee Value chains once in place.

EU  supported Projects with the Private sector and the women are also on going.

On  Wednesday   10th May 2017, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde  the Minister of Trade Industry and cooperatives  attended Dinner  with the Swedish business community in Uganda at the residence of the Swedish ambassador in Uganda.

The dinner brought together Swedish companies in Uganda and Ugandans doing business in Sweden.

Issues raised to the minister included issues on difficulties in accessing finance, delays in clearing at URA,need for  incentives for the local investors and  need for clearer tax information.

In response the minister assured the Swedish community that the  government of Uganda is committed to continously improving the doing business environment in Uganda.

She informed them that URA was continouly digitalising its services in a bid to improve service delivery. She also Urged them to use NTB reporting system  on *201# whenever they encounter challenges for prompt solutions.

She encouraged  them to also invest in Agro business and in value addition.

 

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