- The forum is expected to address key issues around trade facilitation – including achieving results through partnerships, Information Communication and Technology for Trade
- The future of East Africa’s infrastructure, increased participation of women and trade in East Africa among others.
Kampala- A Regional Trade Forum meant to unlock the bottlenecks in trade among the East African countries has kicked off today in Kampala.
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) will for the next two days host a regional trade forum at Speke Resort and Conference Centre in Munyonyo, Uganda.
The event comes at a time when TMEA is starting its second phase (2018-2023) with a budget of about $380 million for infrastructure development, trade facilitation and private sector growth. This offers as an opportunity to reflect on the progress that East Africa has made and the priorities that the region should focus on to unlock its potential and compete in global trade.
Speaking before the event, TradeMark East Africa, Chief Executive Officer, Frank Matsaert noted: “We have come a long way as a region. We have made significant gains in reducing trade bottlenecks to grow prosperity in East Africa. Through the forum, we will be reviewing achievements made so far and exploring solutions to key trade challenges.”
Other topics that will be addressed at the forum include – e-government for trade, trade logistics, East African ports and rail, among others.
Key speakers that will be present at the forum include – H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac, Denmark Ambassador to Uganda, Mogens Pedersen and Finland Ambassador to Kenya, Tarja Fernandez. Also expected at the forum are Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi the Secretary General, UNCTAD; Liberat Mfumukeko, Secretary General, East African Community and Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Director, International Trade Centre among others.
Amelia Kyambadde, Uganda Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, will on Thursday March 1 2018 chair a plenary session on women and trade. Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will open the event.