The first European Union-Uganda Business Forum will take place in Kampala, Uganda, on 9th and 10th of March.
Promoted by the Delegation of the European Union, in partnership with the Private Sector Foundation and the Government of Uganda, the Event is part of a joint initiative to improve and facilitate collaboration among public and private actors, aiming to promote partnerships between companies from this country and the EU.
The European Union - Uganda Business Forum will be honored by the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kagura Museveni; the European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, will also be present.
The Event will bring together more than 500 participants, including European and Ugandan investors, policy makers, public sector agencies, private sector support institutions, EU and Uganda industry leaders, delegates from the development partners of Member States institutions, EU members and donor agencies. The ultimate goal is the creation of a single platform for sharing experiences that have already been carried out, and, on the other hand, explore and build sustainable commercial relationships that better allow to promote investment in Uganda.
Plenary and interactive thematic sessions, meeting and exhibition spaces for public institutions and the private sector are planned during the Conference. It is intended, therefore, to provide occasions for meeting and debate, aiming to share the best practices and to recommend concrete solutions in several areas, namely:
- Analyze the main gaps in existing skills and find the appropriate solutions to overcome them;
- Find appropriate responses so that the private sector can contribute for fighting corruption;
- Know and understand the tax issues related to investments;
- Discuss access to finance, either through the banking sector, or via long-term lenders;
- Consider concerns about business operations, including the EU export markets.
Know more about this Event here.
The first EU-Uganda Business Forum, falls within the context of the priorities that the new European Commission has recently established concerning international partnerships with Africa. First, the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investments and Jobs, proposes to increase strategic investment and strengthen the role of the private sector in creating jobs through, inter alia, investment in education and the skills of individuals, strengthening the business and investment environment. On the other hand, it intends to promote digitization and data technology, thereby enhancing the digital transformation currently taking place in Africa.
The first EU-Uganda Business Forum is part of the Technical Assistance for the implementation of the EU Public-Private Dialogue Platform in Uganda that CESO is currently implementing. With a foreseen duration of 7 months, the project will promote the involvement of public and private entities in Uganda and the EU - in a continuous and sustainable manner - through a political dialogue, that will contribute to improve the investment climate, the business environment, and enhancing possibilities for new public-private initiatives.
Learn more about this project here.