President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has promised to resolve the issue of unfair competition between foreign and local manufacturers.
According to the President, the move aims to support more local producers to supply raw materials in industries and finished products to the market.
The President was Tuesday 25th July 2023 received an update on the progress of the resolutions made by the Presidential CEO Forum from the Presidential CEO Forum Chairman Ms. Barbara Mulwana and the Vice Chairman of the Presidential CEO Forum, Mr Emmanuel Katongole at State House Entebbe.
H.E. noted that African economies must transform from raw-materials-producing economies to economies based on horizontal and vertical integration ─ from the garden to the table for food products (e.g. coffee) and to finished products for all the other items. Why should coffee processing, cotton processing factories, etc., be located in Europe or away from Africa when the raw materials are here? Minerals like copper, cobalt, lithium, rare earth, etc., are taken out of Africa to make transformers, cables, turbines, electric batteries, etc., that fetch much more value than the raw materials we sell.
Chairman Barbara, highlighted the outcomes as positive progress from the Bi Annual Retreats, such as the adoption of private equity as one of the alternative financing by the government, the introduction of the pro borno Trade Legal Desk at the secretariat and how the government has reached agreement with logistics companies and Uganda Cargo Consolidators Association on their role in facilitating intra-EAC Trade and agreed that GOU focuses on revamping the Uganda Air Cargo to ease transportation of goods to insecure areas of DRC and South Sudan, through operationalization of the Gulu Logistics hub among others.
During the meeting, the Vice-Chairperson of the Presidential CEO Forum, Mr. Emmanuel Katongole informed President Museveni that the government has not come out strongly to address the issue of unfair competition, and local manufacturers are being told to accept the status quo.
In response, His Excellency Museveni pledged that he would work on the matter affirmatively and did acknowledge that the private sector should take the leading role in all initiatives to enhance the social and economic transformation of this country.
The briefing is ahead of the fourth coming Biannual Private Sector CEO Forum under the theme, Uganda’s Industrialization agenda: Positioning Uganda as a net source for e-mobility solutions in Africa, scheduled for 2nd to 3rd August 2023 at the Kiira Motors Plant Facility in Jinja hosted by H.E The President of Uganda.