Lobbying and Advocacy
The Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and industry through its lobbying and advocacy department carries out research on the different issues affecting the business community and presents them to the different bodies with which it is affiliated so as to promote a more conducive and productive business environment. It also studies different laws and policies in order to safeguard the business community.
The chamber always seeks for peaceful and more efficient ways of handling the grievances of the business community by clearly pointing out the position of the business community in relation to Government’s stand. They carry out negotiations and are a voice for the business community in Uganda so we are responsible for agitating for the change of numerous unfair policies that affect the Ugandan business community and increase difficulty in carrying out trade and industrial activities
Issuing certificates of Origin
The Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry is one of the few agencies in the country that are able to issue traders with certificates of origin. This is a very essential role since products can not be exported without this document; therefore the Chamber plays a major role in the documentation process of trade in the country.The chamber not only offers these certificates but also provides them at a subsidized price in a hustle free environment. This is because we appreciate the role of the business community to the development of the country and we realize the importance of issuing trade documents in the shortest time possible.
Business Advisory Services
The Chamber has the most efficient expertise tailored to cater for the needs of the business community, ranging from small retail outlets to huge multinational corporations. This therefore makes it ideal for membership due to the business advisory and development services that the Chamber offers. Business is one of the most dynamic activities in the world and due to its ever changing nature it presents a number of hardships especially to those involved in deciding the future of different businesses.
In addition to the constant pressure to innovate and improve lies the fear of making wrong business decisions. In order to curb the risk that is entailed in extremely difficult business decisions the chamber offers excellent business advisory services by its highly skilled business development services in order to help you make a much better and well calculated decision that is bound to help your business grow.
Provide a platform for Networking for Business community
Through annual dinners, meetings, conferences and other events organized by the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, its members are able to network with one another and even build up business relationships through being bonded together by the Chamber spirit.
In every part of the world building reliable and credible business networks is not an easy task. This is why the Chamber steps in to fill such gaps for its members so as to help them grow by enforcing them with partners who matter and who can deliver them to the next level that they would like their businesses to reach.
A large of Chamber members can testify to a variety of opportunities that have come their way through merely interacting with other chamber members while networking at such events. Interaction and exchange of ideas is an essential ingredient to keeping up with the dynamic and ever changing face of the business scene and if one is to keep on track the most appropriate mode would be to take advantage of the networking platforms that the chamber offers to its members.
Arbitration of Business Disputes
In cases where disputes arise usually between businesses or the business community and the Government, the Chamber can intervene and play a mediatory role in order to maintain lawfulness and calm within the business community.
It is always an uphill task to keep all sections of the country’s population happy therefore it is normal for disputes to emerge both within the business community and at times between the business community and the Government. It therefore becomes of essence for the Chamber to chip in and intervene in arbitrating some of these disputes. Due to the chambers broad scope of membership from companies involved in several different trades and its vast knowledge concerning business practices, it is well positioned to cater for and efficiently carry out duties involved with the arbitration of business disputes.
Support young entrepreneurs
The Chamber of Commerce plays a major role in supporting young entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship has been noted as one of the most effective tools to eradicating poverty in African countries which suffer from fast growing populations and at the same time have some of the world’s highest unemployment rates.
The chamber has therefore endeavored to play a major role in supporting initiatives which promote innovativeness and creativity amongst the youth so as to promote the effectiveness of the tool of entrepreneurship in fighting poverty within Uganda.
Dissemination of up-to-date Business Information and Opportunities
The business community is ever in search for up to date reliable information pertaining to the different trades that they are engaged in. The chamber is the one stop centre for all these needs since all relevant information can be obtained at the Uganda chamber of commerce in addition to a wide range of opportunities that one can obtain by merely becoming a member. The world is a global village today and several barriers have been broken down through modern technology and communication systems. The Chamber plays a major role of searching for opportunities from allover the world for its members.
These can be in the form of traders in search of suppliers of certain commodities that a certain member might be supplying and so on. The chamber is also a one stop centre for foreign business men in search of trade opportunities in Uganda and through the chamber members can easily access information such as this and readily position themselves so as to take advantage of such opportunities that come their way.
Supporting vocational skills development
In Uganda, there has for long been a problem of a high unskilled labor force coupled up with high unemployment rates. This has led the Chamber to act in order to solve this problem by supporting vocational skills development so as to create a brighter future for Ugandans by empowering them with developmental and practical skills which can help in the long term eradication of poverty.
With support from partners, the chamber has been able to influence decisions concerning vocational training and to highlight the importance of increased government support for vocational training. Vocational institutions in Uganda had for a long time been neglected and yet they play a very central role in the development process of a nation by adding value to labor through empowering people with practical skills that they can use to help them generate substantial incomes.
Customized statistical reports
The Chamber also produces a number of customized reports which are used to help in decision making processes by business people allover the country. Every top executive dreads making a wrong decision that results in massive loss of money to their companies. The only true way to avert such disastrous mistakes is by basing decisions on credible, up to date information concerning the latest business trends and figures. Such information is not easy to find however we are able to provide the most current and relevant customized statistical reports and business advice to our members in order to facilitate proper business decision making and planning.
Facilitate inward and outward trade and investment missions
There are a number of inward and outward trade missions in which the Chamber has participated in. The Chamber has also made it possible for a good number of its members to take part in these activities like trade shows and exhibitions which greatly contribute to the development of business enterprises.Marketing oneself or their products is essential and of the most thrilling and adventurous techniques of doing this is through participating in inward and outward trade missions. This can involve travelling to other countries to sell your products or to buy machinery that is on offer at attractive prices.
Through becoming a member of the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce all the opportunities can be unfolded and presented to you since as the chamber we are able to lead you through it all and deliver to opportunities that you and your business had never imagined. The vast contacts and relationships that the chamber has been able to build over these many years of existence make it the ideal partner for the most fruitful business adventure when taking part in trade missions.