Kampala – September 17, 2012
TradeMark Africa ( TMA ) has been awarded the Commissioner General’s 2011/2012 award by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

At a colourful ceremony held in Kampala, TradeMark Africa (TMA), a multi-donor agency was granted the award for supporting the modernization of URA’s office by funding components under the Managing Compliance Project. The award was presented to the TradeMark Africa (TMA) CEO, Frank Matsaert together with TradeMark Africa (TMA) Uganda Country Director, Annette Mutaawe.

In her remarks, the URA Commissioner General, Allen Kagina, was grateful for the contribution that TradeMark Africa (TMA) has made to URA in facilitating trade and modernising customs systems.

“The awards are important in enhancing efficiency and encouraging our tax payers to comply with their tax obligations and remit taxes on time,” said Kagina. In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Matsaert reiterated TradeMark Africa (TMA)’s commitment to support improvements in URA that will lead to enhanced trade facilitation and reduced business costs.

The upgrade of URA to use ASYCUDA World (Automated System for Customs Data software) will help facilitate trade and revolutionize customs clearance processes and the electronic cargo tracking system. ASYCUDA World is a computerized system designed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to administer a country’s customs.

TradeMark Africa (TMA) has also supported the URA Customs to Business partnership through the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme. The programme will promote compliance and trade facilitation. Other projects being supported by TradeMark Africa (TMA) to enhance regional trade and increase customs efficiency include the development of one-stop border posts at Mirama Hills, Mutukula, Busia and Elegu-Nimule.

To arrange for interviews please contact :

Annette Mutaawe Ssemuwemba
Country Director, Uganda
Phone: +256 (0) 787 020 148

Source: TradeMark Africa(TMA)


TradeMark Africa (TMA) is an aid-for-trade organisation that was established with the aim of growing prosperity in East Africa through increased trade. TradeMark Africa (TMA) operates on a not-for-profit basis and is funded by the development agencies of the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, UK, and USA. TradeMark Africa (TMA) works closely with East African Community (EAC) institutions, national governments, the private sector and civil society organisations.