A section of entrepreneurs from Uganda hoping to acquire business solutions to boost their production has departed for India to attend a three day business exposition.
George Tunakuye, a director at Kamwenge Bee Keepers Association, says that he is seeking to acquire equipment and skills to help package honey and its products to meet market standards. He said that currently their production is hampered by poor packaging materials.
Rachel Namutebi, a fashion designer, is another entrepreneur on the trip for the Inidan business exhibition. She says that she plans to seek alternative market and partnership for her designs in India in addition to China where she has previously sold her garments.
Namutebi adds that she would also be looking to acquire modern equipment to decorate the garments and also locally produce accessories such as buttons.
Meanwhile, Godwin Kizito, a producer of feeler paste used mostly in construction industry said he plans to obtain machines that he could use in his business, which is said is highly labour intensive and costly.
Another entrepreneur specialising in agro processing business says she plans to identify markets to export their products as well as seek equipment to process the agricultural products.
Arthur Turakira, the Head of Business Development Services at Uganda National Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said twelve of the 8,000 members association had applied for the trip but only five got selected for the few opportunities that the Confederation of Indian Industry offered.
Sudeep Mohanty, the Vice president of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce, the organization coordinating the trip explained that their partner, the Confederation of Indian Industry had covered the costs for the Ugandan team.
He explained that the association was eager to boost the capacity of Ugandan traders to produce and market their goods and services internationally. He said the trip was one of the many the association has organized over the past years