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UK Convention’s Flashback: Lord Popat, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Uganda speech read by

Due to the passing of the Queen Elizabeth II, Lord Popat, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Uganda was unbale to attend and his speech was read by Mr. Bernard Robinson Magulu, ED-Bank of Africa.

Abstract:
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great privilege to address the 12th Uganda-UK Trade & Investment Summit in what is a special year as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians and the 60th Anniversary of Ugandan independence. This Summit continues to grow from strength to strength, and I would like to personally thank Willy Mutenza and his team for all the work they have done to make this event a success.

I would also like to thank everyone for attending today. We all share a determination to build stronger links between the two great nations of Uganda and the United Kingdom. It is also particularly nice to see Her Excellency, Nimisha Madhvani, also a Ugandan Asian like me, here today, Uganda’s new High Commissioner to the UK. Your excellency, you come with a sterling reputation for fostering trade links, and I am sure I speak on behalf of all of us here when I say we very much look forward to collaborating with you and increasing bilateral trade between our nations.

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UK Convention’s Flashback: Insight of doing business in Uganda by AMIN MAWJI -Aga Khan Development Network

AMIN MAWJI, Diplomatic Representative – Aga Khan Development Network gave his insight on doing business in Uganda at the12TH UGANDA-UK TRADE AND INVESTMENT SUMMIT.

With improved infrastructure and the potential spur from natural resources, Ugandans are facing the future with fresh hope.

This mood of optimism is, understandably, tempered with some caution. Floods, locusts, unpredictable weather patterns, the pandemic and international conflicts have all combined to expose frailties and exacerbate inequalities. These crises are not over. But as the country lives through these challenging experiences, Uganda is learning from them.

As businesses weigh up the new opportunities in Uganda, they will also be assessing the risk environment. There are certainly external risks emerging from regional and international conflicts which bring higher food and oil prices and continued supply chain disruptions. Policy makers recognise these factors. At the same time, to support an enabling environment for business, the Government has prioritised the enhancement of security, the rule of law and fighting corruption.

Another factor which weighs heavily on policy makers is the impact of climate change. It is recognised that unless action is taken to address the impacts of climate change, Uganda could suffer from new economic shocks. This calls for more investment in adaptation and mitigation measures. There is an opportunity to tap into global environmental and climate change financing sources.

So, as Uganda stands at the foothills of expansion, the opportunities go beyond the discovery of oil and gold. The admission of the Democratic Republic of Congo into the East African Community now opens up a local market of 300 million people with a combined GDP of cUS$250 billion and access to the larger African Continental Free Trade Area. The future is not without risk. But it is certainly not short of opportunities.

key lessons:
Some of the key lessons from the recent past have involved global supply chains. This has prompted a renewed push to support local manufacturing and value-addition.

The capitalisation of Uganda Development Bank will help medium and large-scale businesses.

Similarly, for private-sector enterprises in strategic sectors – such as agro-processing, manufacturing and minerals beneficiation – the Uganda Development Corporation’s commitment to provide joint venture investments is encouraging.

Looking to invest in Uganda:
For businesses looking to invest in Uganda, this also opens up opportunities to invest in agro-industrialisation, such as improving warehousing, reducing post-harvest losses and strengthening value chains. Government policy recognises that promoting this sector, enforcing product standards and enabling market access are key aspects to creating wealth and jobs.

It is too early to tell how well the new Parish Development Model will work but the aim is clear: to support over 3 million households in the subsistence economy and integrate them into the money economy.

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• Photos for 2022 Summit: https://ugandanconventionuk.org/2022-…
• Videos for 2022 Summit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
• Registration for 2023 Summit open now: https://ugandauksummit.com/
• Bankable Projects: https://ugandanconventionuk.org/Bankable_projects2022_2023.pdf

Date: 09 Sept 2023 | Time: 09:00 – 1700. (After Party: 20:00-01:30)
Venue: London UK (TBC)
Join prominent industry leaders, investors and ministers from the UK and East Africa to forge new business deals, invest in bankable projects and reinforce economic relationships between the UK and Uganda, including the East African Community.
The theme of the 2023 Convention is “Opportunities in East Africa”
The targeted sectors for this trade summit include:
1. Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy;
2. Agribusiness;
3. Infrastructure;
4. Real Estate;
5. Mining;
6. Education;
7. Health and
8. Tourism and anything else in the Oil, infrastructure ecosystem you care to think about.
Twitter Hashtag: #ucuk2023
• https://www.facebook.com/ugandan.conv…
• https://twitter.com/UGConventionUK
• https://www.linkedin.com/company/1871…
• https://www.youtube.com/user/ugandans…

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UK Convention’s Flashback: Invest with National Housing and Construction Company Limited (NHCC)

A presentation by Eng. Kenneth Kaijuka Chief Executive Officer of National Housing and Construction Company Limited (NHCC). National Housing and Construction Company Limited, is a Ugandan construction and real estate management company, partly owned by the Uganda Government. Wikipedia
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Date: 09 Sept 2023 | Time: 09:00 – 01:00. (With After Party) | Venue: TBC

Join prominent industry leaders, investors and ministers from the UK and East Africa to forge new business deals, invest in bankable projects and reinforce economic relationships between the UK and Uganda, including the East African Community.

The theme of the 2023 Convention is “Opportunities in East Africa”
The targeted sectors for this trade summit include:
1. Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy;
2. Agribusiness;
3. Infrastructure;
4. Real Estate;
5. Mining;
6. Education;
7. Health and
8. Tourism and anything else in the Oil, infrastructure ecosystem you care to think about.

• Bankable Projects: https://ugandanconventionuk.org/UgandaBankableProjects2022_2023.pdf
• Registration: https://ugandauksummit.com/

Twitter Hashtag: #ucuk2023
• https://www.facebook.com/ugandan.conventionuk
• https://twitter.com/UGConventionUK
• https://www.linkedin.com/company/1871028/
• https://www.youtube.com/user/ugandansinuk/videos

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UK Convention’s Flashback: Oil & Gas | Infrastructure and updates on key projects under implementation supported by UKEF.

Presentation on Uganda’s energy sector updates
• The rationale behind oil and gas development in Uganda – the consequences of energy poverty
• How is Gridworks/UK Government contributing to industrial development in Uganda/Africa
• Independence in regulation is key for energy sector development – how is ERA achieving this?
• How is UNOC spearheading involvement of Ugandans in oil and gas?
• Does the current tax regime support development of the energy sector in Uganda?

Video highlights/updates on key projects currently under implementation.
– Solar Water Pumping Systems Project
– Kabaale Airport Project
– Namanve Industrial Park Project
– Gridworks Transmission Financing

Moderator: Eric Olanya, Country Director, Gridworks Development Partners LLP

Remarks by:
– Jimmy Mugerwa, Chaiman DFC Bank
– Simon Hodson, CEO, Gridworks Development Partners LLP
– Andrew Bamanya, Director & LDNL Project Director
– Gerry Cawley, Director Lagan DOTT Namanve Limited

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Date: 09 Sept 2023 | Time: 09:00 – 01:00. (With After Party) | Venue: TBC

Join prominent industry leaders, investors and ministers from the UK and East Africa to forge new business deals, invest in bankable projects and reinforce economic relationships between the UK and Uganda, including the East African Community.

The theme of the 2023 Convention is “Opportunities in East Africa”
The targeted sectors for this trade summit include:
1. Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy;
2. Agribusiness;
3. Infrastructure;
4. Real Estate;
5. Mining;
6. Education;
7. Health and
8. Tourism and anything else in the Oil, infrastructure ecosystem you care to think about.

• Bankable Projects: https://ugandanconventionuk.org/UgandaBankableProjects2022_2023.pdf
• Registration: https://ugandauksummit.com/

Twitter Hashtag: #ucuk2023
• https://www.facebook.com/ugandan.conventionuk
• https://twitter.com/UGConventionUK
• https://www.linkedin.com/company/1871028/
• https://www.youtube.com/user/ugandansinuk/videos

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UK Convention’s Flashback: A case study with Liao Shen Industrial Park – Kapeeka

Eng. Ssempebwa Kibuuka Ronald, Manager, Namunkekera Rural Industries Centre presents opportunities to invest in established Chinese companies in NAMUNKEKERA RURAL INDUSTRIAL CENTER – UGANDA. A farmer Centered, Market driven and private sector led agribusiness model. It completes the entire value Chain, it’s enterprise based and relies farmer produce.

• Bankable Projects: https://ugandanconventionuk.org/UgandaBankableProjects2022_2023.pdf

Namunkekera Kapeeka singo road, Nakaseke district
CONTACT US: +256 787191419
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13th UK-Uganda Trade Summit – London
Date: 09 Sept 2023 | Time: 09:00 – 1700. (After Party: 20:00-01:30)
Venue: London UK (TBC)

Join prominent industry leaders, investors and ministers from the UK and East Africa to forge new business deals, invest in bankable projects and reinforce economic relationships between the UK and Uganda, including the East African Community.
The theme of the 2023 Convention is “Opportunities in East Africa”
The targeted sectors for this trade summit include:
1. Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy;
2. Agribusiness;
3. Infrastructure;
4. Real Estate;
5. Mining;
6. Education;
7. Health and
8. Tourism and anything else in the Oil, infrastructure ecosystem you care to think about.

• Bankable Projects: https://ugandanconventionuk.org/UgandaBankableProjects2022_2023.pdf

• Registration: https://ugandauksummit.com/

Twitter Hashtag: #ucuk2023
• https://www.facebook.com/ugandan.conventionuk
• https://twitter.com/UGConventionUK
• https://www.linkedin.com/company/1871028/
• https://www.youtube.com/user/ugandansinuk/videos

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UK Convention’s Flashback: Introducing Uganda Private Sector delegation by Mr. Badru Ntege

Introducing Uganda Private Sector delegation by Mr. Badru Ntege at the 12th UK-Uganda trade and Investment Summit (An Annual Convention).

UCUK is organised in partnership with London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Aga Khan Development Network, Department for International Trade (Kampala), Uganda Development Forum, Tomosi’s Farm and (PACEID) Office of the Presidential Adviser on Special Tasks, Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Directorate of Citizenship & Immigration Control, Operation Wealth Creation, Uganda Tourism Board, Private Sector Foundation Uganda, Uganda Export Promotion Board, among others..

The annual Summit is the biggest such event in the London market for access to opportunities in Uganda | East Africa.

Date: 09 Sept 2023 | Time: 09:00 – 01:00. (With After Party)
Venue: Park Plaza London Riverbank, 18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ
Join prominent industry leaders, investors and ministers from the UK and East Africa to forge new business deals, invest in bankable projects and reinforce economic relationships between the UK and Uganda, including the East African Community.
The theme of the 2023 Convention is “Opportunities in East Africa”
The targeted sectors for this trade summit include:
1. Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy;
2. Agribusiness;
3. Infrastructure;
4. Real Estate;
5. Mining;
6. Education;
7. Health and
8. Tourism and anything else in the Oil, infrastructure ecosystem you care to think about.
• Bankable Projects: https://ugandanconventionuk.org/UgandaBankableProjects2022_2023.pdf
• Registration: https://ugandauksummit.com/
Twitter Hashtag: #ucuk2022
• https://www.facebook.com/ugandan.conventionuk
• https://twitter.com/UGConventionUK
• https://www.linkedin.com/company/1871028/
• https://www.youtube.com/user/ugandansinuk/videos

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UK Convention’s Flashback: Opportunities in Uganda’s Agricultural Sector.

– Investing and opportunities in agri-finance, agri-tech, mechanization, agri value chain and accessing the UK market.

– Despite hosting 60% of the world’s arable land, Africa is a major importer of food, and the war in Ukraine threatens to cut off supplies to much of the continent. How is Uganda attracting international investors to secure its food sustainability?

– Where are the opportunities in scaling-up the role of Youth, Technology, and Innovation in the Future of Africa’s Agricultural Development? (Andrew A Blanch, Managing Director at Alvan Blanch Development Company Ltd)
What is needed in Uganda is guiding policies on relevant technical assistance and a strong enabling environment that allows farmers access to markets, transport, storage, power, and irrigation infrastructure, and to other financial products, affordable finance and even weather insurance. When farmers increase their incomes, they can then build their equity and borrow and invest more. (Mahamoud Andama Director Investments, Uganda Development Bank).

– Which sustainable agribusiness programmes and financing structures have the bank got in place for agri-projects? Which of those agri- innovations are showing promise of sustainable growth and success? What challenges do you see in exporting to UK markets and how to overcome them? Post-harvest handling infrastructure facilities together with leading knowledge on food safety, quality control, handling, storage and processing for shelf life based on relevant local Industrial Research and Intellectual Property Rights for academic researchers backed by adoption of innovations in food science, combination technologies matching the target export market. (Perez Ochieng, Director, SACOMA Foods Innovation)

– After the session: The panel will meet those from UK who want to venture in this sector in Uganda, with the aim to drive new business deals and commitments. The Deal Room will provide companies in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors with the opportunity to access information, mentorship, and market entry solutions to support their growth objectives.

Moderator: Edward Katende, CEO, Uganda Development Forum
Panellists:
• Andre Ben Scheepers, Manager, Tomosi Farm
• Andrew A Blanch, Managing Director at Alvan Blanch Development Company Ltd
• Perez Ochieng, Director, SACOMA Foods Innovation
• Kenneth Mugabo Barigye, MD, Mountain Harvest SMS Ltd
• Nelson Tugume, Inspire Africa Coffee

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UK Convention’s Flashback: Remarks by the Founder, Annual Uganda-UK Summit by Willy Mutenza, CEO, The Promota Africa

Our Queen Elizabeth II has passed away yesterday, 8th September 2022. All members of the organising committee of the Convention wish to express their sadness at losing our Queen so suddenly.

Despite this very sad occasion, we wish to confirm that the Convention will go ahead as planned on 10th September 2022.

It will be an opportunity to remember the rich history that binds Great Britain and Uganda, which is reflected in the reasons why the Convention is such an important event to further strengthen economic ties between both nations.

It was an honour, this year, to be able to welcome His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of Uganda, and Honourable Janet Kataaha Museveni, the First Lady of Uganda & Minister of Sports & Education.

However, due to the passing of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, His Excellency The President will not be able to appear in person but will participate virtually.

Now in its twelfth year, the Convention has gone from strength to strength. Back in 2005, my good friend and mentor Major General Kasiita-Gowa and I were discussing how those in the Diaspora can especially contribute to the pearl of Africa.

I shared this dream in a meeting we had with General Kasiita-Gowa and the Prime Minister back then, who shared it with His Excellency, the President.

I was excited to receive an invitation from His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, to visit him and share the dream further.

It is His Excellency’s letter to me in 2005 that gave me the courage and made me believe that the idea of organising an investment summit was a great initiative and would make a difference to people and country.

Now in 2022, we can look back at many years of implementing some great initiatives and making some important changes and progress in many sectors that have benefited the Ugandan Diaspora, have opened new doors to the business community, and have contributed to the growth of Uganda on many levels.

I am also particularly honoured that many distinguished guests, businesses and organisations have this year joined the Convention to enrich it with their knowledge, expertise and eagerness to contribute to the growth of Uganda and East Africa at large.

I thank each and every one of you for being part of a dream that was born many years ago and that today bears wonderful fruit.

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UK Convention’s Flashback: Doing Business in Uganda Cross border Trading, Access to UK Supply Chain, Projects Financing_

– Doing Business in Uganda (East Africa), Cross border Trading, Access to UK Supply Chain, Partnerships and Projects Financing
• Partnering with London Chamber of Commerce and DIT to leverage Private Sector participation in Uganda
• How can UK increase institutional investment into Uganda
• Given UK’s financing offer at hand, where will it be best placed to support Uganda? (Prof. Pamela Mbabazi, Chairperson National Planning Authority)
• Geopolitical outlook: Mapping an increasingly complex financing landscape.
• What are the UK plans to boost investment in East Africa (Uganda)?
• Could the evolving geopolitical outlook impact the availability of funding for East African infrastructure, and will this be to the gain of those conducting short term trade deals? With China seemingly set to reduce exposure to large projects, which private and developmental financing players sectors are poised to play a role in East African trade and infrastructure development?
• Sharing the success of the Aga Khan Development Network in various investment sectors in Uganda. What are the challenges and where do you see opportunities? (Amin Mawji OBE (Aga Khan Development Network), Private Sector Insight)
• Empowering companies to accelerate operations in frontier markets through better foreign exchange, treasury services, payments, and last-mile settlement. (Elizabeth Rossiello, Founder and CEO, AZA Finance)

Moderator:
Edward Ketende

– Richard Burge, Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
– Subhash Thakrar, Former Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce
– Amin Mawji OBE, Aga Khan Development Network
– Elizabeth Rossiello, Founder and CEO, AZA Finance