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Uganda exports a wide range of products classified under Traditional and Non-Traditional Exports. The major exports are as follows:
Traditional Export Crops
Coffee (www.ugandacoffee.org)
Non-Traditional Exports
ugandaMaize   ugandaElectric Current   ugandaFruits
ugandaBeans and other Legumes   ugandaCocoa beans   ugandaGroundnuts
ugandaFish and Fish products   ugandaCobalt   ugandaBananas
ugandaCattle hides   ugandaHoes and hand tools   ugandaRoses and Cut flowers
ugandaSesame seeds   ugandaPepper   ugandaGinger
ugandaSoya beans   ugandaVanilla   ugandaGold and gold compounds
ugandaSoap   ugandaLive animals   ugandaPetroleum products
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Why Invest in Uganda?
uganda Predictable Environment:
Uganda has been able to achieve macro-economic stability.
when clouds of uncertainity engulfed many regions of the world.
  • Inflation has been at single digit for over 10 years from a record high of 240% in 1988.
  • Stable annual economic growth averaging 6% per annum.
  • Market driven exchange rates.
uganda Fully Liberalized Economy:
  • All sectors liberalized for investment and marketing
  • Free inflow and outflow of capital
  • 100% foreign ownership of investment permitted
uganda Market Access:
  • Uganda enjoys a unique location at the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa giving it a commanding base for regional trade and investment.
  • Uganda is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African States (COMESA), a region with a market of over 300 million people in20 countries.
  • Uganda is a member of the East African Community comprising Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
  • Duty and quota free access into the US (AGOA) and EU (EBA) markets.
uganda Strong natural Resource Base:
  • Rich endowment of rainfall, soils, and favorable temperature range. A number of crops are grown organically
  • Unexploited mineral deposits, and tourism opportunities. Confirmed deposits include Gold, Zinc, Wolfram, Petroleum, Diamond, Vermiculite, Silica etc
uganda Government Commitment to Private Sector
  • Government and private sector dialogue in policy formulation
  • Continuous improvement in providing infrastructure and other social services
uganda Trainable Labour
  • Quality of labour is one of the biggest attractions
  • Quality of labour is one of the biggest attractions
uganda Security of Investment
  • Guaranteed under the Constitution and the Investment Code 1991.
  • Uganda is a signatory to main international investment related institutions
  • Multi lateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) of US
  • Convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral award (CREFAA), ICSID, TRIMS, GATS, and TRIPS
uganda Investment Incentives
i). Investment Capital Allowances
  • Initial Allowance on plant and machinery 50-75%
  • Start up cost spread over 4 years 25% p.a.
  • Scientific research expenditure 100%
  • Training expenditure 100%
  • Mineral exploration expenditure 100%
  • Initial Allowance on Hotel and Industrial Buildings 20%
  • Deductible annual Allowances (depreciable assets)
  • Depreciation rates of assets range 20-40%
  • Depreciation rate for Hotels, Industrial Buildings & Hospitals 5%

ii). Investors who register as investment traders are entitled to VAT refund on building     materials for industrial/commercial buildings.
iii). Duty and Tax free import of Plant & Machinery
iv). First Arrival Privileges in the form of duty exemptions for personal effects and motor     vehicle (previously owned for at least 12 months) to all investors and expatriates coming to     Uganda
v). Export Zones (Provisional)
  • A ten year Corporation Tax holiday
  • Duty exemption on raw materials, plant and machinery and other inputs
  • Stamp Duty exemption
  • Duty draw back to apply on input of goods from domestic tariff area
  • No Export Tax
  • Exemption of Withholding Tax on interest on external loan
  • Dividends repatriated to get relief from double taxation
uganda Where should you invest?
Investment opportunities exist in the following areas ;
  • Agriculture
  • Livestock
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial services
  • Tourism
  • Printing and Publishing
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For more information regarding investing in Uganda go to:


www.uma.co.ug www.psfuganda.org
www.auto.or.ug www.uce.co.ug
www.hotelsinuganda.com www.uiri.org
Ministry of Tourism, Trade & Industry ,Visit : www.mtti.go.ug
Ministry of finance planning and economic development, Visit :www.finance.go.ug
Uganda Investment Authority, Visit :www.ugandainvest.com
Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry,visit: www.chamberuganda.com
Uganda's Exports Promotion Board , Visit :www.ugandaexportsonline.com
Uganda Manufacturers Association , Visit :www.uma.or.ug
Uganda Revenue Authority , Visit :www.ugrevenue.com
Private Sector Foundation Uganda , Visit :www.psu.or.ug
Uganda National Bureau of Standards , Visit :www.unbs.go.ug
Uganda Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Assets Authority , Visit :www.ppda.go.ug