Theory of Change: Improved Business Competitiveness

Uganda Electronic Single Window Phase II

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Uganda Electronic Single Window Phase II" implementor="Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) – Lead Implementing Agency and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) – Lead Coordinating Agency" target_group="Importers, Exporters, Government Agencies" project_value="USD 4.3 million" implementation_period="2018- 2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/58526/"]Uganda’s international trade business community must regularly prepare and submit large volumes of information and documents to governmental authorities to comply with import, export and transit-related regulatory requirements. Extensive documentation requirements and their associated compliance costs constitute non – tariff barriers (NTBs) and increase the cost of doing business, thus inhibiting the development of intra-regional and international trade. Phase I of the project was completed in May 2018 with 16 agencies transacting on the system: Uganda Revenue Authority; Uganda National Bureau of Standards; Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives; Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries; National Drugs Authority; Uganda Coffee Development Authority; Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development; Dairy Development Authority; Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warehousing Operators; Clearing Agencies; Airlines (IATA); Uganda Free Zones Authority; Uganda Export Promotion Board and Transporters (licensing of trucks). The implementation of Phase I of the UESW has already yielded benefits, motivating the need for a second phase that will expand the coverage of the UESW. According to World Bank Doing Business Report, 2018, the improvement of Uganda's ranking in the Trading Across Borders indicator from 137 (2017) to 128 (2018) was a direct result of automation of the Certificate of Origin now acquired through UESW. As...

Ntoroko Lake Port

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Ntoroko Lake Port" implementor="Ministry of Works and Transport (Construction) and Uganda Revenue Authority (Operationalise OSBP)" target_group="Importers, Exporters, Transporters, Cross Border Traders, Travellers, Border Officials" project_value="USD 3.4 million" implementation_period="2018- 2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/58873/"]The Ntoroko lake port is located on the shores of Lake Albert between Uganda and DR Congo. Ntoroko port only deals with transit goods from Busia, Malaba, Kasese and Kampala towards Bunia in DR Congo. The lake port is characterised by poor lake port infrastructure, port inefficiencies which results in a poor environment for handling and processing goods and people. DR Congo is a key trading partner for Uganda, with exports including both manufactured goods and agricultural goods. Furthermore, informal trade between Uganda and DR Congo is high, in FY 2017/18 DR Congo was Uganda’s main informal trading partner with total informal export trade of USD 291.48 million. Furthermore, DR Congo has expressed interest in joining the East African Community which will further strengthen its ties with Uganda and the EAC region, necessitating improved border infrastructure to facilitate movement of people and goods. What: The project will address the infrastructure challenges at the Ntoroko lake port, including: Resurfacing the concrete access road will be to permit all weather usage Resurfacing the concrete turning and parking area Constructing a new jetty comprising of sheet metal pipes with a grid of concrete beams supporting including Construct a concrete deck that is 5.0 metres wide to enable a small pick-up lorry (5 Ton) or a small lorry with an...

Malaba OSBP (Uganda)

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Malaba OSBP (Uganda)" implementor="Ministry of Works and Transport Uganda Revenue Authority" target_group="Importers, Exporters, Transporters, Cross Border Traders, Border Officials, Travelers " project_value="USD 4.2 million" implementation_period="2018- 2021" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/58515/"]The Malaba border is one of several border crossing points in the East African region designated to operate as a One Stop Border Post. However, there are physical and soft infrastructure challenges that prevent optimum operation of the OSBP. A dilapidated 1 km connecting road between Uganda and Kenya remains a huge bottleneck to one of the busiest borders in the EAC region, handling an average of 100 trucks per day. The road is narrow and in a very poor state causing traffic congestion and accidents that significantly slows down the flow of cargo and people across Malaba border and in turn substantially reduce the gains achieved along the Northern Corridor.  Additional challenges at the OBSP affecting efficiency include security of the premises, staff accommodation to enable 24-hour operation and additional parking lots for trucks. What: TMA is providing support to both Kenya and Uganda to complete construction of approximately 1 km road section connecting Malaba (KE) and Malaba (UG) OSBPs.   The project will also include works at Malaba OSPBP that will improve efficiency and security, these include expansion of the exit gate, completion of the parking yard, construction of a staff accommodation block, additional fencing and security lighting and repair of the old bridge. How: TMA, with funding from United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), is...

Jinja Trade Logistics Cluster

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Gulu Logistics Hub" implementor="Uganda Free Zones Authority" target_group="Importers, Exporters, Transporters, Regulatory Government Agencies" project_value="USD 520,000" implementation_period="2018- 2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/58530/"]Despite promising developments in Uganda, industrialization remains elusive. The Country continues to be heavily import-reliant, importing four to five times its exports, while regional trade remains low. Whilst much progress has been made with TMA’s support in reducing time and costs of trade in the region, and lowering import costs, there has been a muted production response at the firm level. Export profiles are still dominated by primary commodities with limited value addition. Unemployment is persistently high across the country, particularly amongst youth. Uganda put in place a national Industrial Policy in 2008 however its implementation remains a challenge. What: The Jinja TLC, which will be situated on a 20 acres parcel of land within the Jinja Industrial Park, is designed to unlock constraints to value addition in export-oriented sectors that have high growth potential for manufacturing and labour absorption, these include horticulture (fruit and vegetables), light manufacturing (automotive) and aquaculture. The TLC will provide storage infrastructure especially for horticulture produce, address issues of standards and compliance which are critical for competitiveness and export readiness. TMA plans to jump start growth in the country through a co-ordinated public private partnership approach with the Government of Uganda and the private sector. The approach is demand-led and aligned with the government’s industrialisation and export development strategies. These shall be achieved through promoting a localized economy in which many manufacturing companies,...

Gulu Logistics Hub

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Gulu Logistics Hub" implementor="Ministry of Works and Transport Uganda and Uganda Railways Corporation" target_group="Importers, Exporters, Transporters" project_value="USD 8.4 million" implementation_period="2018- 2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/58531/"]In recent years Uganda has played a vital role as a distribution hub for South Sudan and the Eastern DR Congo. However, importers in South Sudan and DRC keep supplies (exports and re-exports) in bonded facilities in Kampala which increases the cost due to the distance the goods must travel. The route to South Sudan and DRC passes through Northern Uganda, despite the large volume of goods en-route to these markets, there is no distribution hub in Northern Uganda. The northern region depends on Kampala and Jinja distribution hubs. The operationalisation of the Gulu Logistics Hub is therefore expected to address some of the issues that hamper distribution of cargo in Northern Uganda, South Sudan, parts of DRC. What: The Gulu Logistics Hub will respond to the logistics needs to the northern region by providing functions such as container and break-bulk, handling and storage facilities including bonded and non-bonded warehouses, space for stakeholders dealing with freight transport and the provision of accompanying services such as customs inspections, tax payment, maintenance and repair, banking, and information communication technology connections. The Gulu Logistics Hub envisages the construction of bonded and non-bonded warehousing facilities through private sector investment. How: TMA, with funding from the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (USD 3.2 million) and the European Union (USD 5.2 million) is financing the construction of...

Goli One Stop Border Post

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Goli One Stop Border Post" implementor="Ministry of Works and Transport (Construction) and Uganda Revenue Authority (Operationalise OSBP)" target_group="Importers, Exporters, Transporters, Cross Border Traders, Travellers, Border Officials" project_value="USD 2.5 million" implementation_period="2018- 2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/58532/"]The Goli/Mahagi border between Uganda and DR Congo is characterised by dilapidated infrastructure and border inefficiency which results in a poor environment for handling and processing goods and people.  DR Congo is key trading partner for Uganda, with a significant amount of manufactured goods being exported to DR Congo. Furthermore, informal trade between Uganda and DR Congo is high, in FY 2017/18 DR Congo was the main informal partner with total informal export trade of USD 291.48 million. DR Congo has also expressed interest in joining the East African Community which will further strengthen its ties with Uganda and the EAC region. What: The project will address the challenges at the Goli/Mahagi border by constructing a one stop border post, implementing an integrated border management system including procedural and regulatory reforms How: TMA, with funding from the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), is financing the construction of the Goli OSBP and the integrated border management system. Contact: Programme Manager OSBPs: Michael Ojatum michael.ojatum@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts Program[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results"]The project is expected to: Upgrade the Non-Tariff Barrier monitoring and reporting system. Increase identification and resolution of Non-Tariff Barriers Strengthen the National Monitoring Committee [/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element="yes"][vc_column][project_single_ele_3_container heading="More Project Insights." sub_heading="Projects Highlights From A Glance"...

Capacity Building and NTB Elimination

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Capacity Building and NTB Elimination" implementor="Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives" target_group="Importers and Exporters" project_value="USD 510,000" implementation_period="2018- 2023" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/58533/"]The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives between 2012 and 2017 developed and rolled out a Non-Tariff Barriers reporting system, a platform that facilitates the reporting of NTBs in real time either online (www.mtic.go.ug) or via SMS by dialling *201# to report the NTB that may be impeding trade. This system has been successful and more than 80% of NTBs reported through the system are resolved. However, there is need to upgrade the system to make it more robust and continue strengthening the National Monitoring Committee that is responsible for oversight on NTBs. What: The project will upgrade the existing NTB reporting system making it more responsive and this will include: Developing an NTB mobile application Interfacing the NTB reporting system with other trade facilitation systems i.e., Trade Information Portal and Uganda Electronic Single Window. Improve the analytical capabilities of the system. Translate the system into local languages to increase accessibility. In addition, the project will continue to support the implementation of the National Response Mechanism that will strengthen the existing National Monitoring Committees capacity to monitor and eliminate NTBs. How: TMA, with funding from the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), is providing financial assistance to Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives to implement this project. Contact: Ag. Senior Programme Manager: Sandra Kirenga sandra.kirenga@trademarkea.com Click here to learn more about One Stop Border Posts...

Authorised Economic Operator Enterprise-Wide Risk Management System

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Busia Trade Logistics Cluster" implementor="Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives and Busia District Local Government" target_group="Importers, Exporters, Transporters, Regulatory Government Agencies." project_value="US" implementation_period="2018- 2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/58534/"]Uganda Revenue Authority successfully implemented the AEO programme between 2010 – 2017 with support during implementation of its Strategy 1, this support also included the migration from ASYCUDA++ to ASYCUDA World as well as the establishment of the centralised Document Processing Centre (DPC). As a result of these interventions and internal URA reforms there was tremendous improvement in service delivery, taxpayer compliance, corporate image, and URA’s revenue collection which has more than doubled over in the last 5 years. Currently, Uganda has 66 companies recognised as AEOs in Uganda and 30 companies that are regionally accredited across the East African Community. However, the AEO programme is still faced with manual processes that have made it difficult to realize the intended objective and weakened delivery of the full benefits arising from this work. This situation creates the need to automate these processes and include an element of risk assessment is necessary to improve the service delivery and further grow the AEO programme. What: The project seeks to develop a risk management engine to support compliance in the Customs Department making the international supply chain more secure by managing risks, rewarding compliance, and facilitating trade and enhancing revenue generation. Further, the system will improve the efficiency of the implementing agency by removing redundancies in the application, registration, and accreditation processes for AEOs. How:...

Busia Trade Logistics Cluster

[vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Busia Trade Logistics Cluster" implementor="Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives and Busia District Local Government" target_group="Importers, Exporters, Transporters, Regulatory Government Agencies." project_value="USD 760,000" implementation_period="2018- 2022" download_btn_text="Download Project PDF" download_btn_link="https://www.trademarkafrica.com/download/57219/"]The Busia border being the main transport artery carrying trade from Mombasa through Kenya to Uganda, has a comparative advantage to create jobs and spur growth than many other existing border posts. However, a key challenge in enhancing trade through Busia relates to the poor state of logistics and market infrastructure in place to support cargo aggregation, storage and distribution, sorting, packing/repacking, and labelling and several other ancillary and miscellaneous services. What: Building on the successes achieved through the development of a one stop border post at Busia by TMA, Busia TLC seeks to develop logistics and market infrastructure in Busia along with required regulatory interventions which shall make trade and logistics from the region more efficient, thereby reducing costs and supporting an increase in trade volumes. This project will contribute to the structural transformation of cross border trade around Busia away from its current reliance on low productivity informal trade in maize and horticulture towards greater economic diversification by increasing production and quality of maize and horticultural produce. Women traders will also be targeted given they are active small-scale cross border traders. All these shall result in a decrease in poverty levels through increasing net income for the trade chain, especially for the producers and create more Jobs. How: TMA, with funding from the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and...

Market Linkages Programme – KIVUs Region

[vc_row][vc_column][rev_slider slidertitle="Market Linkages Programme – KIVUs Region" alias="market-linkages-programme-kivus-region"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][custom_inner_menus select_menu="project"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][single_project_block_1 heading="Market Linkages Programme – KIVUs Region" project_value="US $ 300,000" implementation_period="(Start date) - (Expected end date)October 2017 - December 2020"]The aim of the project is to reduce the DRC growing trade deficit with its EAC neighbors. To achieve this, TMA is funding an integrated export development programme implemented in Eastern DRC comprising mainly (i) Export Capacity Programme : export audit leading to the development of an export action plan for 20 qualified companies;(ii) Export adviser initiative: 6 month programme of training and hands-on coaching and mentoring in the field of 15 local export advisers; (ii)Market linkages programme: focused market research followed by tailored sales missions for 10-15 companies targeting selected EAC/regional markets. Responsibility Center : 42_DRC Project approval summary: 1. PAR approval date: June 2016 PAR number: DRC CBT PAR 2. PAR approval authority: Board NB/ If the project is above $250,000 a PAR must be submitted for approval[/single_project_block_1][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element="yes" el_id="desired-result"][vc_column][single_project_block_2 heading="Desired Results" image_1="42084" image_2="42057"]1. Reduced barriers to trade in selected sub-sectors in Burundi (Fisheries, palm products and fruits) and greater inclusion of women in trade. 2. Improved export capabilities in fisheries, palm and fruits sub-sectors[/single_project_block_2][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element="yes"][vc_column][project_single_ele_3_container heading="More Project Insights." sub_heading="Projects Highlights From A Glance" slide_1="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock" slide_2="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock" slide_3="info access for 20 crops & over five breeds of livestock"][single_project_content]Key outputs include; Burundi NMC National Coordinator is recruited [/single_project_content][single_project_content]Burundi NMC National Strategy is developed and...