Uganda Netherlands Business Convention

Uganda Netherlands Business Convention

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Novotel Hotel

Europaboulevard 10

1083 AD Amsterdam


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The Ugandan Community in the Netherlands (UCN) in partnership with the Uganda Embassy Brussels welcomes the international business community

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1. Introduction:

The Ugandan Community in the Netherlands (UCN) in partnership with the Uganda Embassy Brussels welcomes the international business community to the Uganda-Netherlands Business Convention (UNBC2020) and to the BENELUX Ugandan Community day (BENULUXday2020) in the period between 21st and 25th August in Amsterdam. This edition of the UNBC will commence under the theme “The untapped Investment opportunities” within Uganda’s Agriculture and Health Sectors.

Effectively, there will be field visits on the 24th st of August to agricultural establishments, followed by Hospital and or medical facilities field visits on the 25th of August. The convention and exhibitions will then take place on the 26st of August at NOVOTEL HOTEL in Amsterdam. Lastly will be the sporting and cultural exhibition activities on the 27 th of August also known as the BENELUXday2020. The UNBC platform remains fundamental at bringing together the Ugandan population living in the BENELUX, investors, traders, entrepreneurs, educationists and all other interested stakeholders to integrate, forge useful partnerships, discuss issues geared at strengthening and or introducing business and investment links between Uganda and the Netherlands.

2. Purpose:

Beyond creating an enjoyable ambiance for participants and visitors, the UNBC2020 and BENELUXday2020 are interaction forums that facilitate synergy and foster social and economic bilateral capacity building between Uganda and the Netherlands. These events are a different package and are exceptionally re-assuring to every participant. Contextually, the UNBC2019 will highlight the untapped investment opportunities in the Agricultural and Health since these two sectors continue to be of utmost importance to the economy and livelihood of Ugandans.

Agriculture in Uganda

Approximately 70% of the Ugandan population is actively or passively involved in Agriculture. The main agricultural crops include grains, sugarcane, cotton, tea and coffee, which accounts for 20% of total export earnings and a third of foreign exchange earnings. Uganda is among the top 10 producers of coffee, globally.

Under the Uganda’s National Development Plan, there is an emphasis on the importance of agro processing and Value addition that can take on different forms and levels ranging from the basic to more sophisticated levels e.g. packaging, processing, cooling, drying, extracting or any other type of processes. Investment opportunities in agriculture and agro-processing are vast, ranging from flower production for exports, oil seed production and processing, cotton production, ginning, spinning and weaving, the production and processing of livestock products. Other opportunities include wheat products and the fast growing milk production and processing sector, fruit processing, fruit drying, grain milling, meat processing, leather tanning and fish processing.

Health in Uganda

A healthy population is key to the growth and development of a nation. For the third year running the health sector development plan goal is to accelerate movement towards Universal Health coverage. Statutory requirements that emphasize annual progress reviews indicate that there is still much ground to cover with reference to countrywide access of the Essential Medicines and Health Supplies (EMHS), plus the efficiency and effectiveness of other health and medical services. To offset some of the shortfall, government continues to avail incentives to encourage committed private health facility providers and workers.

Other UNBC 2022 objectives include:

1. Promoting Uganda as a lucrative agricultural investment destination.

2. Encourage Dutch health practitioners to Uganda.

3. Matchmaking between Dutch & Ugandan entrepreneurs

4. Validate the rationale for Dutch entrepreneurs to Uganda

5. Sharing economic knowledge between the Netherlands and Uganda

6. Encourage the Ugandan Diaspora to Invest in their country

7. Opportunity for Diaspora Ugandans to get first hand information from those in authority and business

3. Investments and Business

3.1. The Netherlands:

The Netherlands is home for just over 17 million inhabitants. It is the sixth largest economy in the European Union and plays an important role as a European transportation hub. The Netherlands is one of the few countries with a persistently high trade surplus but also boosts of a steady transport network, stable industrial establishments, moderate unemployment and a strong welfare setup. Ranked No. 7 by Forbes’s “Best Countries for Business,” the Netherlands is truly a world-class business destination. Netherlands’ strategic location at Europe’s front door provides the perfect springboard into the European market—with access to 95% of Europe’s most lucrative consumer markets within 5 hours from Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

3.2. Uganda – The Pearl Of Africa:

Popularly known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a country of many surprises with rolling hills, sparkling crater lakes, abundant wildlife, adrenaline activities and, of course, the endangered Mountain Gorillas. The country is still authentically African, lush green and home to the friendliest people on the continent.

Uganda offers highly competitive investment incentives and complete freedom to hold 100 percent foreign ownership of investments while free inflow/outflow of capital is also guaranteed. Investing in Uganda offers market access to preferential trade zones, including the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African states (COMESA), a region with a market of over 300 million people in 20 countries; and the East African Community (EAC), with a joint population of over 150 million people. Without a mention of the closely reliable and conducive climate necessary for numerous agricultural, horticultural and aqua- cultural undertakings, this discovery adds to the many other available resources present in Uganda just ready for the investors’ undertaking.

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