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Fostering UK-Uganda Partnerships in Infrastructure Development: Insights from the 13th UK-Uganda Convention

The 13th UK-Uganda Convention marked a significant stride in fortifying the trade and investment ties between Uganda and the United Kingdom, particularly in infrastructure development. The convention, through its panel discussion titled "Outlining the United Kingdom's Export Growth Strategy, FDI in Uganda, and Fostering Long-Term Investment and Economic Growth," offered a deep dive into the nuances and potential of this vital sector. This forum provided a stage for expert insights into strategies, challenges, and successes in enhancing infrastructure development through UK-Uganda partnerships.

 

Overview of the Panel Discussion

The session was adeptly moderated by Louis Arinaitwe, Country Director at the Department for Business and Trade, British High Commission.

The panel featured a diverse array of speakers:

  • Gerry Cawley, Director of Lagan DOTT Namanve Limited;
  • Andrew Bamanya, LDNL Project Director; and
  • Lars Peter Jensen, Area Manager, Colas Ltd.

 

These experts shared their experiences and insights, focusing on significant projects like the Namanve Industrial Park and Kabalega International Airport.

UK's Export Growth Strategy and Direct Investment in Uganda

Arinaitwe provided an overview of the UK’s export growth strategy and the pivotal role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Uganda. His contribution outlined the long-term economic opportunities and challenges of market entry. Cawley delved into the Namanve Industrial Park Project, highlighting the importance of infrastructural development and community engagement. Bamanya emphasized the significance of local partnerships in successful project implementation, particularly in the LDNL project. Jensen shared his experiences with the Kabalega International Airport project, focusing on the vital considerations of environmental and social impact in infrastructure projects.

Challenges and Opportunities for UK Companies in Uganda

The discussion addressed the challenges faced in infrastructural development, including community integration and environmental impact. A significant emphasis was placed on the necessity of local partnerships and knowledge sharing, combining international expertise with an understanding of regional laws and customs.

Economic Impact and Social Responsibility

Infrastructure projects were acknowledged as key drivers of economic growth, job creation, and improved living conditions in Uganda. The panel also noted the involvement of companies like SBC in health, education, and sports development initiatives as part of their corporate social responsibility.

Investment Climate and Business Environment

The session highlighted Uganda's conducive environment for foreign investments, pointing out the supportive government policies and regulatory assistance. The ease of doing business in Uganda was compared with neighboring countries, identifying areas for improvement.

Engagement and Conclusion

The Q&A segment of the discussion addressed audience inquiries regarding GDP loss due to traffic issues, project design challenges, and the benefits of joint ventures. The panelists concluded by underscoring the promising investment landscape in Uganda, especially in the infrastructure sector, facilitated by strategic UK partnerships and FDI initiatives.

The 13th UK-Uganda Convention, through this panel discussion, emphasized the critical role of UK-Ugandan partnerships in advancing significant infrastructure developments in Uganda. This event did not merely reflect on current achievements and hurdles but also set the direction for future collaborative efforts in this evolving sector.

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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.

-Keynote address-

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.