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Transforming Uganda's Coffee Industry: A Comprehensive Overview of the 13th UK-Uganda Investment & Trade Summit

The 2023 UK-Uganda Trade Summit

Unlocking Uganda's Agricultural Potential: A Deep Dive into the 13th UK-Uganda Investment & Trade Summit

The 13th UK-Uganda Investment & Trade Summit represented a significant milestone in the advancement of Uganda's agricultural sector, placing a spotlight on its burgeoning coffee industry. The theme, "Enhancing Trade and Investment: Exploring Opportunities in Uganda's Agricultural Sector," perfectly encapsulated the summit's goals and aspirations. As the global market for coffee continues to grow, Uganda stands at a crucial juncture, with the potential to transform its coffee industry into a key player on the international stage.

 

Revitalizing the Coffee Industry

At the heart of this year's summit was the ambition to elevate Uganda's coffee industry. Chaired by Kenneth Barigye, the Managing Director of Mountain Harvest Coffee, the panel comprised a diverse mix of industry experts. These included James Shaw MEng AMIAgrE from Alvan Blanch Development Co. Ltd., Mrs. Perez Ochieng of SACOMA Foods Innovation, Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi, Member of Parliament, Paul Rooke from the British Coffee Association, and Otto Canon from the World Sustainability Organisation. The collective expertise of these individuals provided a comprehensive outlook on the steps necessary for Uganda's coffee sector to flourish.

 

Strategies for Growth

The summit's discussions yielded several key strategies:

  • Global Market Presence: To expand Uganda's presence in the international coffee market, the panel stressed the importance of establishing direct marketing agreements with global coffee roasters.
  • Focus on Quality: Emphasizing the need to upgrade the coffee value chain, particularly for Arabica coffee, the summit highlighted quality as a cornerstone for enhancing both flavor and market value.
  • Market Positioning and Quality Management: The summit focused on strategies for improving market positioning and managing the quality of Uganda's coffee, adapting to the dynamics of global markets.
  • Direct Contracts and Market Outreach: Forming direct contracts and market-based outreach were discussed as revolutionary methods for the coffee industry.
  • Sustainable Growth and Standards: The importance of adhering to globally accepted standards and environmental certifications in coffee farming was underlined, emphasizing sustainability as the key to long-term success.
  • Technological Advancements and Financing: The summit explored opportunities in agri-finance, agri-tech, mechanization, and value chain enhancements to modernize and improve efficiency in the agricultural sector.
  • Navigating Regulatory Challenges: Addressing how Ugandan exporters can navigate the highly regulated UK market, the summit covered supportive legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks.

 

Conclusion and Next Steps

The summit concluded with a Q&A session, covering Uganda’s role in international coffee organizations, VAT refunds for agricultural investments, and the dynamics of foreign-owned companies re-exporting Ugandan coffee. The closing remarks emphasized the critical importance of quality, innovation, and strategic partnerships in unlocking Uganda's potential in agricultural exports. There was a consensus on the need for increased collaboration between Ugandan producers and international markets, setting the stage for sustainable growth and profitability in Uganda's agricultural sector.

The 13th UK-Uganda Investment & Trade Summit thus marked not just a meeting of minds but a pivotal moment for Uganda's agricultural sector. The strategies and insights shared at the summit provide a roadmap for transforming Uganda's coffee industry, offering a glimpse into a future where Ugandan coffee is a distinguished and valued commodity in the global market. With these efforts, Uganda is well on its way to becoming a significant player in the world of agriculture, particularly in the realm of coffee production.

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Enhancing Uganda's Economic Growth: Tax Incentives and Investment Opportunities

Summary: “The speaker highlighted the various tax incentives and investment opportunities in Uganda, particularly in strategic sectors like agriculture, education, and tourism. Emphasis was placed on the tax benefits for developing industrial parks and producing for export, encouraging Ugandans in the diaspora to invest back home.”

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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.