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Awareness Program on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

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21st February 2022, Kampala, Uganda. PSFU in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda commenced a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop to create awareness on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and strengthen the capacities of export ready enterprises in Uganda. The ToT will run for five days, until Friday, 25th February 2022 at Royal Suites Hotel, Bugolobi.
 
The ToT under the theme “Trading beyond EAC and COMESA – Unlocking Uganda’s potential in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) project" is aimed at equipping selected business associations representatives with knowledge on the provisions of the AfCFTA, the market opportunities the trade agreement offers, and the rights and responsibilities that come with it. 

"We believe that knowledge will be transferred to your members and we anticipate that more than 250 enterprises will sufficiently benefit from the knowledge you will acquire in this ToT. " Said Ms. Sarah Kagingo, Sector Chair, Professional Services -PSFU Board. "The major aim of this ambitious effort is the expansion of intra-African trade by lowering trade barriers to goods and services, as well as the movement of people throughout the continent. The AfCFTA is thus intended to be a key driver of integration, production and industrialization, employment creation, income generation, and poverty reduction. AfCFTA Treaty entered into force on May 30, 2019." She added.

Ms. Kagingo represented the PSFU Board, as the key note speaker.

Business associations represented at the workshop include; 

Uganda Beef Producers' Association, Uganda Fish Processors & Exporters Association, Uganda Coffee Federation, Uganda Tea Association, Hortfresh Association, Uganda Leather & Allied Industry Association, Uganda Dairy Processors Association, Uganda Oil Seed Producers Association , Information & Communication Technology Association, The Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association, Uganda Law Society, Institute of Certified Public Accountants Uganda, Uganda Private Vocational Training Institutions Association, Uganda Medical Association, KACITA Uganda, Uganda Bankers Association, Uganda Insurers Association, Uganda Shippers Council, Federation of Uganda Flight Forwarders Association, Uganda Freight Forwarders' Association, Regional Lorry Drivers and Truckers Association, Uganda Clearing Industry & Forwarding Association, Association of Uganda Tour Operators and Uganda Tourism Association.