|Cooperatives Day 2015|
Uganda joined the rest of the world on Saturday 4th July, 2015 to commemorate the 93rd International Cooperative Day and 21st UN International Day of Cooperatives. Celebrations for this year took place in Kabale District at Kyanamira playground and hosted by Lyamujungu Cooperative Financial Services Ltd.
This year’s theme is: “Equality” and the slogan is: “Choose Cooperatives Choose Equality" This theme is premised on one of the fundamental values of cooperatives.
Thirty two (32) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMES) were awarded certificates after attaining product certification for both Quality Mark (Q-Mark) and Standardization Mark (S-Mark).
These MSMEs were supported by the Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme (QUISP) under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives. The Programme provided technical assistance to the MSMEs from various regions across Uganda in a bid to improve the implementation of standards among the MSMEs.
The Heads of State and/or Government of twenty-six (26) countries, which are members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met in Kampala, Uganda on 22 October 2008 at the First Tripartite Summit and declared that the three regional economic communities (RECs) would establish a single Free Trade Area (FTA) covering the combined membership of their respective RECs.
Negotiations leading to the establishment of the grand FTA are in two Phases with phase I focussing on trade in goods and Movement of Business Persons which would also take place on a parallel track. Phase II negotiations will commence upon the conclusion of Phase I negotiations and will cover trade in services and trade-related issues such as Competition Policy, Intellectual Property Rights and Trade Development and Competitiveness.
Hon. Amelia Kyambadde signing the Tripartite FTA Agreement flanked by the Ugandan Delegation
Heads of State and Government gathered in the picturesque resort City of Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt on 10th June 2015, launched the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area and signed the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement.
The Tripartite FTA brings together 26 countries with a combined population of 625 million people, half the Countries in Africa, a combined GDP of USD$ 1.3 trillion and an area twice the size of China. If the Member States of the Tripartite were to be considered as one Country they would rank 13th in the world in terms of the GDP.
|Hon Amelia Kyambadde minister MTIC with HE David Angell Canadian Ambassador||Hon Amelia Kyambadde minister MTIC with HE David Angell Canadian Ambassador,Ps MTIC Ambassador Onen and other Officials at the Forum
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives hosted the Canadian Ambassador to Uganda H. E David Angell in the first Ambassadors’ Forum organized by the Ministry. The Ambassadors Forum is a high level multi-sectoral gathering designed to facilitate dialogue between the Uganda business community and Non Resident foreign Ambassadors / Trade Commissioners accredited to Uganda.
The overall objective of the Forum is to provide a platform for engagement on matters of commerce and investment between Uganda and Canada, with a view of enhancing bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.
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