Introduction

I have received a number of concerns from different stakeholders on operations of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry including a petition on the forthcoming elections.

Action taken by my Ministry

The government has serious security concerns over the planned elections for the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry scheduled for 16th December 2016. Different stakeholders have expressed fears. The chairperson of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, M/S Olive Kigongo in her letter dated 27th October 2016 to H.E. the president has further confirmed these “National Security threats and concerns. Government has therefore decided to cancel the Chamber Elections forthwith. All contenders to the chamber elections, District Authorities, Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and the Business community are accordingly informed.

Thank you

AMELIA KYAMBADDE (MP)

MINISTER OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES

Introduction

On 22nd November, 2016, I had a dialogue with the members of Uganda Alcohol Industry Association, who are the major processors and distributors of alcohol in sachets.

As much as Government recognises the importance of the alcohol industry in employment creation and contribution of revenue; alcohol has been associated with excessive consumption and abuse by the population especially the youth.


    i.        Government will ban the packaging of alcohol in sachets effective 30th September, 2017.
    ii.        The Uganda Alcohol Industry Association (UAIA) to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to certify only alcohol producers are under the UAIA.
    iii.        UNBS to publicise the regulations and administrative directives of the alcohol industry including the requirements of certification of the product for information of the investors/public within 2 weeks from date the meeting.
    iv.        UAIA will also enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with clear terms of Reference (ToR) with the large alcohol manufacturers who supply small scale producers.
    v.        The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives will fast track the development of the Alcohol Bill which is to be tabled to Parliament by June 2017.
    vi.        The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives will issue a statement on the resolutions agreed on to the Cabinet, Parliament and General Public.
    vii.        The Minister will hold a joint press conference together with UAIA and UNBS to inform the public on the resolutions.
    The District Local Government Authorities will be required to curtail unregistered alcohol producers packaging in sachets immediately.

Conclusion

Government implores all alcohol producers to register with the Alcohol Association. We call upon the Local Governments to adhere to the Government position as stipulated above.

I thank you

 
AMELIA KYAMBADDE (MP)

MINISTER OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives organized the first ever Buy Uganda Build Uganda Special exhibition in a bid to promote the consumption of locally made products.

The special exhibition was organized to showcase Ugandan made products and sensitize Government institutions of the supply capabilities of the Ugandan manufacturing sector. This aims to promote local procurement of the institutions’ supplies in selected subsectors like textile and garments, leather goods, furniture and scholastic/office materials.

The exhibition is part of implementation of the Buy Uganda Build Uganda Policy which aims to support the production, purchase, supply and consumption of local goods and services.

Theme:

“Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) the Driving Force to Middle Income Status”

Introduction

Strong coordination in the development and implementation of Government policies as well as interventions in most sectors including that of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives is critical to achieving the intended Government goals.

Uganda has embarked on the development of a new strategy in a bid to improve on her performance in AGOA which has remained far below the expectations. The National AGOA Strategy is being developed by the AGOA Secretariat under the supervision of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.

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