Uganda to Lobby for Export Markets at UN Trade Conference in Kenya

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde
addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala recently

Uganda is set to participate in the fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) slated to take place in Nairobi from July 17 to 22.

Themed “From Decision to Action: Moving Towards an Inclusive and Equitable Global Economic Environment for Trade and Development”, treat the conference will discuss multilateral trade, page economic transformation and implementation of 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

UNCTAD Conferences are the highest decision making organ of UNCTAD and they bring together Heads of State, Ministers, prominent business players, civil society and academia to tackle global trade issues.

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The Minister of Trade Hon. Amelia Kyambadde will lead a delegation of representatives from government, private sector, civil society and the academia.

“I will chair a roundtable on the global services forum which is very important for Uganda given the important role trade in services is playing in our economy,” Minister Kyambadde told a news conference on Tuesday.

At the same conference, President Yoweri Museveni will deliver a keynote address.

She noted that Uganda will focus on influence the outcomes of the conference in favor of its interests, as well as identify and attract development projects to be considered.

“Uganda will have an opportunity to contribute towards shaping the program of work of UNCTAD for the next four years. The engagement will also aim at changing the mindset on development of Low Developed Countries (LDCs).”

As the country works towards transforming the economy into middle income status, Kyambadde mentioned that Uganda will lobby assistance of LDCs to increase their share of exports globally. This is enshrined in the Istanbul Plan of Action.

Previously, Uganda has benefited from UNCTAD including; acquiring the Automated System for Customs Data for URA. T

he Conference is currently working with government to develop an electronic single window which is essential in trade facilitation.


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