Uganda Export Promotions Board calls for coordination

A collaborative effort among stakeholders is required if Uganda is to realise export development potential says Elly Twineyo Kamugisha, the executive director of Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB).

Uganda Export Promotions Board calls for coordination
Elly Twineyo Kamugisha

By John Kusolo

A collaborative effort among stakeholders is required if Uganda is to realise export development potential says Elly Twineyo Kamugisha, the executive director of Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB).

He made the remarks during the manufacturing export business clinic held at Hotel Africana on Monday 20th June 2022 that attracted dozens of representatives from development partners, technocrats as well as officials from the ministries of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives as well as that of East African Community Affairs and Uganda Manufacturers Association.

Earlier while meeting the officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Kamugisha highlighted achievements, opportunities and challenges of the agriculture export sector and urged those present to spread the gospel of the Parish Development Model (PDM) as one of the ways of getting Ugandans out of subsistence farming into the money economy through promotion of exportation of farm produce.

“Unlocking the potential of the agriculture sector hinges on addressing the challenges of the sector like mindset change. Enhancing Uganda's agriculture export competitiveness requires building synergies among value-chain actors and relevant institutions, enabling policies and practices, provision of resources and information by government and other actors, engaging at regional, continental and global level to promote the country's interests,” he said. Indeed, Uganda’s agricultural exports have risen by 10 per cent over the past one year alone and Kamugisha is convinced there is still potential to do more. “In addition to the provision of key supportive facilities, infrastructure and coordination across various institutions that play a trade facilitation role, there is an urgent need to make the private sector in Uganda and the value-chain actors competitive.”

During the session on Uganda’s compliance to international sanitary and phytosanitary measures, Agriculture ministry officials noted that previously, Uganda suffered interceptions in the European Union due to harmful organisms in fruits and vegetables but after introducing strict observance of the international trade standards, illegal export of fruits and vegetables has reduced.

Now in its sixth year, the weeklong edition that ends June 23 is organized under the theme: “Enhancing government efforts for boosting export growth. Highlights of National Export Awareness Week

June 20th 2022: Manufacturing Export Business Clinic
June 21 2022: Services exports business clinic
June 22 2022: Annual Exporters Conference
June 23rd 2022: President Export Award Dinner

Additional source: observer.ug