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Govt linkage gap stunting businesses

By Vision Reporter

Added 2nd July 2014 02:18 PM

THE Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) has blamed the narrow government linkages with the European markets for shrinking trading opportunities for the local business community

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THE Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) has blamed the narrow government linkages with the European markets for shrinking trading opportunities for the local business community.

PSFU executive director Gideon Badagawa said there is need for Uganda to enhance its competitiveness through strengthening government linkages to penetrate the global market.

Addressing journalists at the PSFU offices in Nakasero recently, Badagawa said the Government should create a conducive environment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to enable them access the global market.

This, he added, can be done through accessing loans at a lower interest rate from government institutions and training industrial labourers.

“It is easy for SMEs to access markets but entry into the global market becomes difficult due to poor enterprising standards and failure to produce quality products,” he added. 

Badagawa also blamed the Government for failing to pass the Investment, Counterfeit and Public Partnership Bill, thereby retarding the business sector.

He also said sub-standard goods on the local market are killing the economy.

Meanwhile, PSFU is organising a three-day import-export expo starting July 24 at UMA Main Exhibition Hall in Lugogo.

The expo will provide SMEs with information on how to build volumes and quality product standards to enhance competitiveness in the global market.

It is also to encourage linkages between small and medium sized companies and multinational enterprises as well as promote skill development and innovation.

PSFU trade policy officer Eva Ekanya said the event will link Ugandan businesses with ambassadors representing Uganda’s major trade partners and leading providers of trade-facilitating services.

She said consumers, especially the youth, will be sensitise about the benefits of quality Ugandan made products and promotion of unique Ugandan products and services as a means of supporting innovation and enterprises.

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