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.
The Forum will raise awareness on new trade and investment opportunities, create new partnerships and further strengthen existing ones.
Since February 2014, our Embassy in Brussels has been notifying us of the interception of plants and plant products exported from Uganda to various countries in the European Union (EU).
According to their report, the interceptions affect the following products: Peppers (capsicum), roses, curry leaves and various fruits and vegetables. It is apparent that most of the exporters have been a victim of the interception.
Reason for the interception
The EU has indicated that the reason for the interception is the presence of harmful organisms in the produce exported from Uganda. The harmful organisms are the following: African Cotton Leafworm, False codling moth, Trioza SSP and other organisms including fruit flies
Read more:Ministers speech EU Ban
The services sector accounts for more than 52% of Uganda’s GDP; and increasing trade in services can significantly enhance Uganda’s economic potential. However, stakeholders in government, sector regulators, the private sector and civil society have not been fully sensitized to the potential of services trade. Uganda remains a net importer of services, despite the promise of sectors such as tourism, transport and logistics, and education. From 16-19 March 2015, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC), supported by the UKAid-funded Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF), held a four-day workshop on trade in services. The workshop aimed to increase knowledge and understanding of trade in services and strengthen Uganda’s national position within East African Community (EAC) trade in services negotiations.
The Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) in collaboration with other Government agencies intends to implement a Great Lakes Trade Facilitation (GLTF) project focusing on improving regional infrastructure and in particular remove both at and behind the border constraints to regional trade. The project will support efforts for reducing non tariff barriers to intra regional trade, by improving regional environments for business and by supporting regional measures to improve governance. In addition the project is designed to address underlying sources of conflict as well as poverty and under-development at the Ugandan border with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as contributing to the attainment of key regional commitments on Peace and Security. Cross-border trade will be used as a toll for stimulating and facilitating agricultural trade and increasing resilience and social cohesion
Read More:Great Lakes project Trade Facilitation Project
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The Danish Ambassador to Uganda H.E Dan E. Frederiksen has applauded the Ministry of Trade for its efforts to ease doing business in Uganda. This was during a breakfast meeting between the Ministry of Trade and the Nordic Business Community in Uganda at Sheraton Hotel on Thursday 16th April 2015. The meeting organized by the Ministry of Trade is one of the initiatives by the Ministry to improve the business environment in Uganda through creating platforms to address the challenges faced by the business communities in Uganda both local and foreign. The initiative is also intended to strengthen the trade and investment relations between Uganda and other countries.