KAMPALA â€” Uganda risks losing her coffee buyers on the international market because the wilt disease has spoilt its quality and quantity, a National Union of coffee agribusiness and firm enterprises (NUCAFE) market specialist, Robert Musenze, has said. He said coffee production fell from 4.5m bags in 2001 to 2.4m bags last year.
$20b on arms
KAMPALA â€” Africa imports small arms and light weapons worth $20b every year, Paul Eavis, the director of safer world, an international NGO, has said. Eavis said this on Tuesday while presenting a paper based on small arms transfer at a national small arms conference at Hotel Africana, Kampala. He said about 500,000 people are killed each year with small arms. Uganda has about 630,000 and 950,000 small arms.
KALANGALA â€” Uganda is to host the second-biggest conference of top African free software developers on the technologically remote Ssese Island on Lake Victoria. The free software developers, including Open Source â€˜geeksâ€™ (people who pride in excessive use of technology), will, according to Women of Uganda Network, float to Kalangala for the Africa Source II meet set for early January 2006. The meeting follows the first one in Namibia in 2004, where free software â€˜wizardsâ€™ displayed several new technologies including electronic African language dictionaries.
UDB to get
kampala â€” The Government is to transfer and merge the credit operations of the Development Finance Department of the Bank of Uganda with the Uganda Development Bank, finance state minister Mwesigwa Rukutana said yesterday in an interview at Parliament. He said the transfer is part of restructuring UDB to strengthen its operations.
KAMPALA â€” Deficiencies in corporate governance and management are among the main obstacles to industrial development in Uganda, Minister of Industry Daudi Migereko told a forum on strengthening competencies for governance and economic management held in Kampala recently.