UK Convention’s Flashback: Remarks by Mrs Perez Ochieng, Director & CEO, SACOMA @the 11th UK-Ugandan Trade Convention.

 UK Convention’s Flashback: Remarks by Mrs Perez Ochieng, Director & CEO, SACOMA @the 11th UK-Ugandan Trade Convention.

Untapped Investment Opportunities in Agribusiness sector
• Moderated by: Edward Katende, CEO, Uganda Agribusiness Alliance
Panellists:
• Dr. Ramathan Ggoobi, Permanent Secretary (PS) Ministry of Finance
• Dr. Samuel K. Mugasi, Executive Director – National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS)
• Eric Olanya, Head of Trade, DIT, British High Commission
• Fred Mayanja, Commissioner, Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
• Anthony Kituuka, Executive Director, Equity Bank Uganda LTD
• Shahid Sheikh OBE, Global Packaging Consultant
• Paul Ssembeguya, Managing Director – Ssembeguya Estates Uganda Ltd
• What plans does government of Uganda have for Agriculture and Agribusiness in the next five years?
• Which government programmes and initiatives target Agriculture and Agribusiness in Uganda?
• How can the Diaspora benefit from these programmes and initiatives?
• Which sub-sectors along the agriculture value chain have great potential for Uganda and UK investments while boosting global exports from Uganda?
• Brexit provides a unique opportunity for East African nations to join together to leverage their position and collective bargaining power to negotiate more advantageous trade deals. Where are opportunities for exporters to UK? (Eric)

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About the UK-Uganda Trade Convention

The forum (UCUK) is organised in support with Lord Popat (UK Trade Envoy to Uganda, DRC and Rwanda), the Department for International Trade (Kampala), Uganda Investment Authority and Uganda’s High Commissioner to the UK.

The event will focus on sub sector including Topic: Manufacturing and infrastructural development, Agribusiness, Renewable Energy, Real Estate, Digital Technology, Financing Start-Ups, Public-Private Partnerships, Women in Business, Healthcare and Fintech.

Uganda offers British businesses and investors lots of opportunities. With a population of about 38 million people, GDP Growth of 5.8%, coupled with Pivotal Regional Trade partnerships: East African Community (5 member states), Great Lakes (4 member states), COMESA (19 member states) – exporters have access to this critical market of 489 million.

The Convention 2022 will therefore highlight key aspects of the following thematic discussion areas:
• What are the key opportunities available when venturing into this highly lucrative space?
• What strategies, techniques and tools needed to succeed doing business in Uganda
• The role of Ugandan women in sustainable economic development
• Bilateral trade arrangements between UK and Uganda
• The role of Ugandan Asians in UK, Diasporas in the development of Uganda
• Increasing UK’s exports and attracting UK investment into Uganda
• Agribusiness in Uganda; food security and value addition
• Case studies and challenges doing business in Uganda

The focus on these issues will help provide a wider platform for stakeholder participa¬tion and emphasize the critical issues in each area.

The objectives of the conference are:
• To promote and facilitate international trade between Uganda and UK.
• Create a platform for trade, business and investment between Uganda and Europe (UK) and promote and facilitate access to trade opportunities in Uganda (East Africa) for Ugandan and European (UK) investors, including one-to-one meetings
• To maintain a dialogue with business organisations who can promote trade opportunities in Uganda, including the Federation of Small Businesses, Chambers of Commerce, the Institute of Directors, the Confederation of British Industry and the City of London.
• Promote Ugandan exports and identify export opportunities, so that the export earnings close the gap with the import demand and promote the transformation of Uganda from a current consuming nation into a producing nation. We will also engage closely with the Ministry of Finance and Investment Authority in Uganda for advice and information.
• Encourage investments in the key sectors, i.e., education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, housing, sports, tourism and many more.
• Seek investment opportunities in public and private organizations within Uganda, the United Kingdom and Europe and inform Ugandans in the Diaspora about such opportunities

We have always taken pride in the fact that UCUK forum brings together experts, business leaders, professionals and representatives from prominent organisations based in Uganda, the UK and beyond.

For any further information please contact:
W: www.ugandanconventionuk.org
E: info@ugandanconventionuk.org

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