The Buy Uganda, Build Uganda (BUBU) is a government policy that was approved by Cabinet in 2014 to promote the consumption and procurement of goods and services produced locally. This will encourage foreign and local investors to produce locally, improve capacity of local producers to supply government, enhance the quality and competitiveness on the local & international market, create jobs and drive the country to achieve the Middle Income Status.

The BUBU Expo Project

The BUBU Expo is an annual three (3) day event under a Private Public Partnership between The Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives (MTIC) and Investment Review Publications (IRP), aimed at promoting BUBU by:

  1. Promoting local content.
  2. Encouraging and building patriotism in the general public.
  3. Enhancing networking and coordination around the BUBU policy

The Inaugural BUBU Expo is going to be a three (3) day event, which will take place at Kololo Airstrip from Thursday 7th  to Saturday 9th March 2019.

There  will be a BUBU Official Launch of the BUBU Logo, Online Marketing Platform (Soko Uganda) & the theme song the Govt MEDIA CENTER on Thursday 7th March 2019 at 8:00 AM.

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On 31st October 2018, the ministry held its 9th sector review conference at Hotel African. The theme of the Review conference was “Enhancing Competitiveness of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises for National Export Development.

The theme for this year emphasized the contribution of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) towards the economic development of Uganda. The economic development of Uganda is premised on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The sector spreads across all sectors with 52% in service sector, 33% in commerce and trade, 10% in manufacturing and 8% in other sectors. MSMEs are the key drivers in fostering innovation, wealth creation and job creation with over 3.5 million employments making it the largest employer in the country. The MSMEs Enterprises account for approximately 90% of the entire private sector, with over 80% of manufactured output contributing 18% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

During the conference;

  • The Hon Minister Presented the performance report for the Trade, industry and Cooperatives Sector for Financial Year 2017/18:; Click here to read
  • The Ministry recognized 10 SMEs for outstanding performance in Export, Product Certification and Cleaner production,
  • The Ministry Launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Strategic Plan 2016/17 - 2020/21,
  • The ministry and stakeholders Shared ideas on how to promote the sector.
Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has handed over 240 motorized spray pumps worth over UGX 500m to farmers in Teso region to assist them in spraying their fruit trees. The spray pumps which were provided by Government through Uganda Development Corporation (UDC), were officially handed over to the chairperson of Teso Tropival Fruit Farmers Union (TEFCU) Jorem Opian at the Soroti fruit factory in Arapai sub county. He minister also inaugurated the 7 member board of Soroti fruits Ltd, the company that manages the factory. In preparation for the opening of the factory, Uganda Development Corporation, has resumed refresher trainings for farmers mainly in pest and disease control, oust harvest handling, quality management etc.



Uganda has launched the Warehouse and Warehousing Standard for bagged storage of cereals and pulses, the first one in East Africa. The standard which was launched today by Hon. Amelia Kyambadde at Jinja Nile Resort, will improve the quality of storage facilities for cereals and pulses like maize and ultimately improve the quality of our cereals and pulses.

Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde attended the Tax payers Appreciation week 2018 at Kololo Independence Grounds and gave accountability to taxpayers. She made a presentation on the performance of the sector, attended to stakeholders for more than one in the Ministry tent addressing the challenges that were raised by the taxpayers, and toured exhibition tents at Kololo .

Among others, the Ministry exhibited the juice made by Soroti Fruit Factory; the Teju Juice supported by Uganda Development Corporation  UDC an agency under the Ministry of Trade.

The Ministry exhibited the NTB reporting system, the Trade portal and took the taxpayers through the cooperative registration process.

The Ministry of Trade Exhibited alongside producers of products made in Uganda code named BUBU.




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