resident Yoweri Museveni handed over the chairmanship of COMESA to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila

President Yoweri Museveni handed over the chairmanship of COMESA to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila Kabange at the 17th COMESA Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Kinshasa, DR Congo on February 26th, 2014.

The summit was under the theme “Consolidating Intra-COMESA Trade through Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development.

Read more: Report of the COMESA policy organs meetings 16th-27th february 2014s report

UGANDA EXCELS IN INTRA COMESA TRADE

 

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives handed over the management of Bugisu Cooperative Union (BCU) ltd to a new Board of Directors.
BCU has been under Government Caretaker Management since 2010 when the Board of Directors was suspended due to allegations of mismanagement and financial misconduct. Mr. Willy Wepukhulu has been managing BCU as a Caretaker Manager under the supervision of the Commissioner of Cooperatives.
The Board of Directors was suspended to pave way for a forensic audit of the Union. The Ministry commissioned forensic audit for the period 1996 to 2010 which was completed in December 2013.

A Special General Meeting was convened on March 19th, 2014 at Mbale Resort Hotel and the major issues that transpired were;
• Elections of a new Board of Directors of BCU
• Presentation of the findings and recommendations of the Forensic audit
• Handing over the Forensic audit report to the newly elected Board of Directors for further management
Six out of the nine members of the suspended board including the Chairman Nathan Nandala Mafabi bounced back. However the three others were rejected because some were implicated in the forensic audit report while others were not patronizing.

Read More: Ministers Speech at Busoga Cooperatives Union Special Meeting

Report findings and reccomendations of the forensic audit and commission of inquiry report to the special general meeting of Bugisu cooperative Union

Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Chief’s visit to Uganda

Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari, the executive director (ED) of the Geneva-based multi-donor programme (EIF), had a three-day visit to Uganda which started on 21st January 2014. He was accompanied by Simon Hess, the Coordinator at the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the WTO. EIF CHIEF VISITS UGANDA

The draft East African Cooperative Societies Bill was presented to the East African Legislative Assembly sitting in Kampala for the 1st reading on 22nd January, 2014 at 2. 00pm. The bill was presented by Hon. Sebalu Mike as private members’ motion and it is sponsored by the East African Farmers Federation (EAFF).

click here to read: Brief on the EA cooperative bill

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The Ministry of trade industry and cooperatives has released New Trade Licensing Guidelines for Non citizens for calender Year 2014;

click here for NEW TRADE LICENSING GUIDELINES FOR NON CITIZENS FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2014

click here for APPLICATION FORM FOR CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL TO CONDUCT TRADING IN UGANDA BY NON CITZENS

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