- 13th UK-Uganda Investment and Trade Summit 2023 -


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Uganda's Coffee Trade in the Global Market: Challenges and Opportunities Post-ICA Withdrawal

The 13th UK-Uganda Trade & Investment Summit served as a pivotal forum for discussing Uganda’s recent departure from the International Coffee Agreement (ICA). This significant move by Uganda has stirred conversations about its impact on the nation's thriving coffee trade. The summit brought together experts and stakeholders to explore the complex interplay of challenges and opportunities arising from this strategic decision.

The summit opened with remarks from Consultant Robert Kavuma, who laid out the potential challenges and opportunities of Uganda’s decision to leave the ICA. Key concerns were centred around market access, particularly in Europe, and the impact on the competitiveness of Uganda’s coffee due to the ICA’s tariffs on processed coffee.


The panelists then debated the ramifications of Uganda’s strategic move. Was the withdrawal in vain, or has it spurred significant progress? The consensus leaned towards the latter, suggesting that while challenges are evident, the decision could pave the way for a more independent and value-added approach in Uganda’s coffee industry.


Impact on Global Trade Dynamics

Despite the withdrawal, Uganda’s record-high coffee exports highlight the country’s significant role in global coffee trade. This strategic step is viewed as Uganda’s endeavor to develop independent trade routes and add value to its coffee industry, signaling a bold move in international trade dynamics.

The role of the Uganda Coffee Development Authority was also discussed. The authority’s confidence in alternative certification methods is seen as crucial in safeguarding coffee exports in the absence of ICA affiliation.


Discussions on Incentives and Quality Control

A key part of the summit was focused on the incentives provided by the Ugandan government for coffee producers. The Commissioner General of Yala emphasized the government’s support for marketing and product export, highlighting the commitment to bolstering the coffee sector.

Additionally, the importance of maintaining coffee quality and streamlining processes within the Ministry of Agriculture was discussed. Concerns were raised about the potential loss of quality if the process is not managed effectively, underlining the importance of stringent quality control measures.


The 13th UK-Uganda Summit offered valuable insights into the complexities of Uganda’s coffee trade in the wake of its ICA withdrawal. While acknowledging challenges in market access and tariffs, the discussions also recognized the significant opportunity for Uganda to establish more independent and value-added trade routes for its coffee. The government’s role in providing incentives and ensuring quality control was seen as crucial in navigating these new dynamics. The need for strategic planning and collaboration was underscored, marking this as a key area of focus for future trade and investment strategies in Uganda’s journey through the global coffee market.

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