National Logistics Platform (NLP), is a three-year program funded by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA).
NLP was initiated by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) in 2015 as an improved, more efficient and all-embracing framework for the freight forwarding, Transport, storage and Haulage Sector working group. The NLP is premised on creating critical linkages and coordination within the Private Sector and other stakeholders to effectively engage the Government to develop an unstoppable momentum to spur Private Sector productivity and competitiveness.
The NLP is a structured, robust and interactive dialogue process bringing together relevant stakeholders in logistics for the purpose of promoting dialogue on national and regional logistics issues aimed at enhancing Uganda’s logistics competitiveness by reducing the cost of doing business while enhancing the quality of logistics services. The NLP processes engage stakeholders on matters related to logistics and transport facilitation including:
- All matters pertaining to Uganda’s transport and logistics policy
- All matters pertaining to administration of the East African community customs management act and regulations, the East African community common market protocol and any other border-related community or national legislation;
- Implementation of treaties, conventions and international agreements relating to regional and international trade, transport and cargo transit;
- Simplification and harmonization of formalities, processes and procedures related to the flow of persons and goods through the borders;
- Monitoring, reporting on and removal of non-tariff barriers to trade;
- In collaboration with relevant national, provision of relevant training and capacity building activities to members;
- Spearheading relevant reforms for the efficient and effective management of the logistics including review of business processes and optimal application of information and communication and other technologies; and
- Contributing to review and use of existing logistics infrastructure as well as proposals for infrastructure development.
- With support from Trade Mark East Africa, NLP was able to develop a five-year logistics strategic plan.
- Organised the first regional Logistics Conference and Partnered with the oil and gas industry
- Developed the Uganda private sector logistics strategy
- Undertook organisation capacity assessments for member associations and developed five year strategic plans for them
- Organised a refresher training for custom agents before the URA competence tests.
- Advocated for a number of policy issues and more.
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