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Understanding VAT Refunds and Boosting Agricultural Investments: Key Takeaways from the 13th UK-Uganda Summit

The 13th UK-Uganda Trade & Investment Summit served as a platform for an insightful dialogue initiated by Linda Bond from Nile Connect International Limited. Focusing on VAT refunds and the potential of agricultural investments in Uganda, her questions directed attention towards the needs and concerns of Ugandan diaspora investors. This discourse provided a valuable opportunity for clarification and guidance from Ugandan authorities, aimed at enhancing investor confidence and participation in the nation's agricultural sector.

 

Linda Bond’s Inquiries

Linda Bond's participation at the summit was marked by two significant inquiries:

VAT Refund Concerns: Bond, who has invested in agricultural equipment in Uganda, queried about the procedure for claiming back VAT on such imports. This concern underscored the necessity for transparent and supportive measures for diaspora investors, particularly in the agricultural sector.

 

Advancements in Mechanized Farming: Her second query revolved around establishing connections with companies like Alvan Blanch for agricultural mechanization. This highlighted her commitment to improving rice and maize farming in Uganda through technological advancements.

 

Responses from Ugandan Officials

The responses from Ugandan officials to Bond's inquiries provided much-needed clarity:

VAT Refund Process: Addressing the VAT refund issue, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General clarified that refunds depend on a thorough audit. He acknowledged potential delays stemming from budget limitations but affirmed the investor's entitlement to a refund in cases where the VAT collected is lower than the paid amount.

Support for Agricultural Investments: The Commissioner also spotlighted government incentives aimed at coffee farming. He emphasized that the government covers a significant portion of the costs for land dedicated to coffee cultivation, encouraging diaspora investors like Bond to capitalize on these opportunities.

 

Conclusion

Linda Bond's participation in the 13th UK-Uganda Trade & Investment Summit played a pivotal role in highlighting critical aspects of VAT refunds and agricultural investments for Ugandan diaspora investors. The informative responses from Ugandan officials underscored the government's dedication to supporting investors and promoting the agricultural sector's growth. These discussions offer a more lucid understanding for diaspora investors, like Bond, on navigating financial intricacies and maximizing their investment potential in Uganda’s burgeoning agricultural industry.

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A Tribute to Uganda's Immigration Team at Entebbe Airport...

“Whenever I pass through Entebbe Airport, I consistently encounter outstanding customer service from the Ugandan immigration team. Their proficiency and professionalism not only ensure a seamless entry process but also splendidly showcase Uganda’s hospitable nature. Such a high standard of service significantly enhances the travel experience for international visitors like myself.”
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Remarks by Cllr Ramji Chauhan, Mayor of London Borough of Harrow

Councillor Ramji Chauhan, Mayor of Harrow and the first Uganda-born individual in the role, shared his journey from a Ugandan refugee to UK public servant. Elected in 2010, he’s focused on community service and environmental conservation. He embodies the resilience of Ugandans, contributing significantly to global trade and business.

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Rt. Hon.

T. Tayebwa

13th annual UK-Uganda Convention

Rt. Hon. Tayebwa conveyed a powerful message about Uganda’s resilience, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the country’s stable economy and its ability to continue thriving despite closed borders. He assured investors of a secure and conducive environment for investment, referencing Uganda’s remarkable recovery and stability post-independence, and the return of properties to Asians who lost them during tumultuous times.

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Preview of the 13th Annual UK-Uganda Convention 2023, scheduled for September 8, 2023, in London, hosted at the esteemed Blue Orchid Hotel, London.