The Association of Ugandans in United Arab Emirates (AUU) and Ugandan Embassy in Abu Dhabi have organised a convention for all Ugandans who wish to engage in trading business in the UAE.
This convention is aimed at boosting trade relationship between Uganda and UAE, and also to promote Ugandan made products and services in UAE, will run from October 15 to 18, 2019 at Hyatt Regency Dubai, under the theme ‘Joining hands to seize opportunities’.
According to Mr Muawiya Mukasa, the Ambassador of AUU Convention, UAE is currently the number one destination for Uganda’s export, and the convention will benefit many Ugandans who wish to engage in trading business in UAE.
“UAE is currently the number one destination for Uganda’s export. According to a 2016/17 Uganda Bureau of Statistics Report, export values increased from USD35 million in 2014 to USD600 million in 2017, we believe that UAE holds so much trade opportunities that can benefit the business community in Uganda,” he said.
Mukasa also noted that the major objectives of this convention are to build the capital of interested participants from Uganda on the UAE export processes.
“We want to promote Ugandan made products and services in different sectors such as agro produce, textile, tourism, manufacturing, minerals, real estate, and UCT in UAE, and to create partnerships that can promote more resilient trade between Uganda and UAE,” he said.
He also claimed that the convention is expected to attract policy makers from Uganda and UAE, companies from UAE that intend to penetrate into the Uganda market, Uganda manufacturers, real estate dealers, tour and travel companies, as well as agro processors among others.
“The Government of Uganda through the Uganda Embassy in Abu Dhabi and other line ministries such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Parliament and others are already on board, we believe that the Convention will go a long way in boosting trade between Uganda and UAE. We invite every business owner or manufacturer in Uganda to be part of it,” he said.
Mukasa also noted that they have organised three travel packages to accommodate the varying preference and income, and participants are free to choose what they can afford.