Agriculture remains the mainstream in Uganda’s economy, accounting for over 24% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generating more than half of the country’s export earnings (54% IMF World Bank 2019). The sector employs over 70% of the working population which also provides the first employment for three quarters of those aged between 15 and 24 years (UBOS,2016). At the same time, agro-processing is the backbone of the manufacturing sector accounting for approximately 60% of its total output. Whereas agriculture has been identified as one of the key sectors that can generate wealth, with high employment potential, investment in the sector has remained low.
Currently, Agri-products exporters from Kenya and Uganda are faced with challenges related to non-tariff barriers (NTB’s). These are both domestic and foreign in nature, including certification, labelling, packaging, quality standards management, rules of origin and other NTB’s associated with foreign regulations (ICT 2018).
Its against that background, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Uganda High Commission in Kenya based in Nairobi and Uganda Consulate based in Mombasa in conjunction with Private Sector Foundation of Uganda and Kenya National Chamber of commerce have planned a two-day agri-business symposium on September, 8th & 9th 2021 in Mombasa under the theme: “Unlocking the Full Potential of Agribusiness to Enhance Export Performance for National Development."
For more details and information on how to participate visit the event website: