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UNCCI Weekly Newsletter 2017 – Volume 1 Issue 5

Invitation for 50th Cairo International Fair 2017

Members of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UNCCI) and the entire business community in Uganda have been invited for the 50th Cairo International Fair, scheduled March 15-24, 2017. The business community is urged to positively consider participation due to enormous opportunity to do business matching, investment opportunities in many sectors, business agencies for Egyptian products and services and general trade with decent profit margin. For those interested, please come to UNCCI Secretariat to get more information on participation, visa and travel. Egypt is generally expanding business interest in Uganda and EAC region.

Agriculture mechanization equipment available at AgroMaxUg

AgroMaxUg is a devoted promoter of agricultural technologies. It is determine to assist farmers with the following: drip and overhead irrigation system; galvanized greenhouses and shade nets; quality propagated planting materials seedlings; holistic program designed for NGOs and individual farmers; hands-on training for specific customers including farm management; collection hub and a link to farmers to the market. It also stocks: anti birds nets, insect proof nets, fruit drying nets and planting bags among others. For commercial farmers, small scale vegetable and fruit farmers, please contact Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry for details on how you can access and work with AgroMaxUg. Uganda is spearheading agriculture mechanization to create value  addition and enhance export.

 Maize exporters from Uganda urged to observe standards

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) called on all maize exporters including stakeholders in the production, processing and marketing to observe maximum standards in order to export to Kenya and Rwanda. The advice was given at a workshop organized by UNBS in conjunction with COMESA, EAC and SADC at Hotel Africana, January 31, 2017. Key stakeholders noted that over 60% of maize exports from Uganda are handled by the informal sectors who rarely observe standards. It was also revealed that maize cannot be allowed by UNBS, URA custom and the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries to cross through the borders unless the moisture content is 13.5% and below! Standards need to be checked at harvest, storage, drying, transport and loading levels, according to experts.

Money Expo 2017 draws nearer at Mandela National Stadium

The Money Expo 2017 for Agriculture entrepreneurs shall be at Mandela National Stadium, February 17-19, 2017. According to the CEO of The New Vision Media Group, Robert Kabusenga, the annual expo is to bring all stakeholders in the agriculture sector under one roof to amicably interact and showcase their products and essential services. Farmers, seed companies, extension services, agro-financiers, researchers, plant and animal breeders are expected to actively participate. Students will pay 5,000/=, while individuals will pay 10,000/= and those who need special training will pay 20,000/=. Many members of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry among other business community members are expected to participate.

O-Level results for 2016 revealed education is brisk business

The recently released result for O-Level 2016 revealed education is brisk and very lucrative business in Uganda. Majority of schools whose students excelled are private, apart from the traditional high-flyer schools with massive support from rich parents and alumni. Private schools throughout the country, including remote districts have excelled. Government schools farther away from Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, Entebbe, Jinja and Mbarara registered majority of failures. Gone are the days when students from all corners of the country performed fairly uniform and could qualify to go for A-Level in schools far away from their rural homes. Private schools are at liberty to charge fees the way they want to provide quality teachers and scholastic materials to ensure good grades. The Government’s Universal Secondary Education schools are known for churning out mediocre over the years.

1st Agriculture Exhibition for EAC at UMA Lugogo

The 1st Agriculture Exhibition for the EAC region is being organized at Uganda Manufacturer’s Association Show Ground at Lugogo, March 24-26, 2017. The Exhibition that will attract participants from the six EAC member countries, Europe and Asia will cover all UMA halls and the open ground opposite Shoprite and Game supermarkets. International exhibitors are expected to display latest agriculture equipment to attract buyers from EAC. It is well known that EAC is very attractive market with a population of 158 million; only 22% in urban area with the rest in rural areas, mainly employed in agriculture; EAC has a combined land area of 2.42 million square kilometers; and a combined Gross Domestic Product of US $ 169.5 billion. It is expected that the Exhibition will attract over 2 million exhibitors, buyers and other participants.

EAC 2nd Manufacturer’s Summit & Exhibition in Kigali in May

The EAC 2nd Manufacturer’s Summit & Exhibition preparation is in high gear in Kigali, Rwanda, May 23-25, 2017. The Summit meant to create awareness, increase knowledge on manufacture, share lessons learnt and increased interaction and dialogue shall be open by H.E the President, Paul Kagame at the new Rwanda Conference Centre. The summit is being jointly organized by: Kenya Association of Manufacturer’s (KAM), Uganda Manufacturer’s Association (UMA) and the Tanzania Industries Confederation (TIC). It is expected that many investors coming from around the world will attend to network, conduct business to business and perhaps sign business deals to boost manufacturing within the region.

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