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Uganda: International markets remain unexploited

Published date:
Wednesday, 17 October 2007

The poor quality and inadequate volumes of Uganda's exports have made it difficult for the country to exploit international markets, a top official in the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, has said.

"There are markets for Uganda's exports granted through international arrangements such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations, Cotonou agreement, Africa Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) and regional arrangements.

However, we have not done too well to exploit the markets due to poor quality and quantity of our exports," said Mr Raymond Agaba, the acting commissioner for international trade, said.

He was speaking at a workshop on trade policy development held at Hotel Africana on Wednesday. He said that poor packaging; delivery schedules and transport costs have also made it difficult for Ugandans to take advantage of these markets.

He however, said his ministry is trying to address these challenges through a capacity building programme dubbed the Uganda Programme for Trade Opportunities (Uptop).

He said for the last four years, the ministry through Uptop has offered to different stakeholders short-term training in trade policy. He decried the lack of training about trade policy issues at the higher institutions of learning.

"No university in Uganda is offering training in trade policy yet we badly need the skills and capacity in our attempt to develop the sector as we position the economy for the many opportunities available," he said.

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