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.

 

On Friday 12th May 2017, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde officially briefed the press  together with the leaders of sugar Manufacturers Associations on the increasing sugar Prices and government position on the same.

The press briefing followed  a meeting  with the Sugar distributors, wholesalers,retailers and the sugar millers.

In the statement;the government urged the millers to ensure that the factories maintain normal production. In this regard, Kakira sugar resumed normal production  on  12th May 2017 and postponed its regular maintenance.

Lugazi sugar  also agreed to postpone its maintenance program from June to October 2017 so that normal sugar production is maintained. With improved rains, the millers expect normal supply of sugar cane from the out growers to normalize which  will result into increased sugar production

The minister informed the Press that Kenya and Rwanda have obtained duty remission import of 100,000 and 70,000 MT respectively which willl address the regional shortage that has partly contributed to the problem.

The Ministry will continue to monitor sugar supply stocks from millers, distributors and retailers to ensure that the retail price of sugar does not exceed UGX 5,000 per kilogram.

Millers shall provide the Ministry with monthly stock levels and streamline distributing of sugar to their registered agents.

The Millers pledged to give priority to the domestic market so that the consumers are assured of a stable sugar supply.

Conclusion

With the above position, the Ministry is convinced that the sugar supply situation should stabilize by the end of May 2017 and market speculation should not arise.

The Ministry, therefore, strongly condemned any continuous hoarding and speculation in the sugar market in the country.

In her statement,the Minister stressed that if the malpractices persist, the Ministry will be compelled to revoke trading licenses of the culprits.

The Ministry will closely monitor the sugar market situation and will take alternative measures to ensure that stability in the sugar market prevails.

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