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

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Understanding Uganda's Industrial Park Incentives: Insights from Badru Ntege's Question

By Badru Ntege, Director, Nft Consult Group

The 13th UK-Uganda Investment Summit 2023 represented a pivotal moment for economic collaboration, transcending the traditional scope of an investment conference. With a focus on 'Unlocking Uganda’s Trade Investment and Export Potential,' the summit facilitated a dynamic exchange between influential personalities from Uganda and the UK, aimed at nurturing trade and investment opportunities.

 Key Participants: The summit was graced by notable attendees such as: 

  1. Ambassador Nimisha Madhvani, High Commissioner to the UK and Northern Ireland; 
  2. Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Uganda; 
  3. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the East African Community (EAC); and
  4. John Rujoki Musinguzi, Commissioner General of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), among others.

 

Significance of Their Presence: The attendance of these distinguished figures underscored the commitment of both nations to deepen economic ties and explore collaborative avenues.

Key Focus Areas and Discussions
  • Sectors for Investment: The summit spotlighted key sectors like agriculture, ICT, tourism, and infrastructure development, recognizing them as prime areas for investment and growth drivers.
  • Ugandan Coffee Industry Focus: A special session on the Ugandan coffee industry underscored the significance of quality, sustainability, and fair trade practices.
  • Infrastructure Development Insights: Discussions on infrastructure featured insights from experts like Gerry Cawley and Lars Peter Jensen, focusing on the impact of projects such as the Namanve Industrial Park and Kabalega International Airport.
Challenges and Opportunities
  • Navigating Market Entry: The summit presented a realistic perspective on entering the Ugandan market, discussing policy, investment incentives, and the ease of doing business.
  • Value of Collaborative Ventures: The discussions emphasized the advantages of partnerships between local and international entities, highlighting the synergy of global expertise and local market knowledge.
Conclusion

The 13th UK-Uganda Investment Summit 2023 concluded with a note of optimism, spotlighting Uganda’s readiness for business and the prospects for mutual growth. It underscored the strengthening relationship between the UK and Uganda, paving the way for future cooperative endeavors that promise economic benefits for both countries. The event marked a significant milestone in recognizing, exploring, and capitalizing on Uganda’s abundant opportunities, setting a foundation for future summits to build upon.

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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.