Uganda Nordics Business Expo is in high gear. Currently they have launched a country wide campaign reaching out to the business fraternity in eastern Uganda, starting with the industrial town of Jinja , Iganga and Mbale.
The press launch at YMCA, Jinja town last week was graced with Uganda Ambassador to the Nordic countries, Zaake Wanuume kibedi, where over 100 business people attended on April. On April 3, the activities were extended to Iganga and Mbale towns with overwhelming response from the business community.
The Uganda Nordic Business Expo promised called upon the business people and companies to come on board to benefit from networking their commodities, services, facilities, business and services they can offer to the Nordic market or to Nordic companies that wish to go into trade partnership with them.
The expo is targeting trade and investment in priority areas like finance services (investment in banks and Forex bureaus), oil and natural gas (exploration, drilling, processing of bi-products and trading in oil products), renewable energy (production and supply of ethanol, bio- gas, solar, hydro and other forms of bio-energy), agriculture (farming, agro-processing technology, import and export of agro products e.g. cotton, coffee, tea, maize, rice and beef), manufacturing (construction; real estate development, roads, railways and real estate construction for the huge demand), culture and entertainment industry (Art, Music, Drama, Dance), IT and ICT, education (private education industry; universities, high schools, polytechnic schools) and healthcare investors in the growing need for private hospitals and diagnostics technology
During their workshop in Jinja under the theme “From Aid to Trade”, Eddie Bazira, the expo chairman, noted that Uganda is a country rich in natural resources, good
climate and very hardworking and innovative human resource but has unfortunately remained among the poorest countries of the world.
“Upon realization that dependence on foreign aid and hand outs from the Uganda diaspora will not yield sustainable development, the Uganda Diaspora in the Nordics have embarked on a mission to explore the economic opportunities in Uganda and the Nordic region that can attract trade partnerships and direct foreign investment across both regions”, Bazira said adding.
“Our aim is to create conditions for a preferential trade arrangement for Uganda and Nordic entrepreneurs in order to play a big role in shifting from aid to trade, hence sustainable development partnership”.