“It is through dialogue and facilitation that a good working environment is created to support growth,” Museveni said.
Faridhah Kulabako
Journalist @ New vision
“It is through dialogue and facilitation that a good working environment is created to support growth,” Museveni said.
 
KAMPALA - Exporters have been urged to enhance dialogue with government through line ministries, departments and agencies on business matters to facilitate their work and ensure the creation of a good working environment to support growth.
 
The appeal was made by President Yoweri Museveni in a speech read for him by the Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, at the 2019 President's Export Awards Dinner at Protea Skyz Naguru Hotel recently.
 
"It is through dialogue and facilitation that a good working environment is created to support growth," Museveni said.
 
He applauded the outperforming exporters for the exemplary work, noting that the Government remains committed to creating and sustaining a good environment that will make Uganda a middle-income status and beyond. 
 
This, he said, is done through prioritising infrastructure development by investing in energy, railway and road networks to enable entrepreneurs get their goods to the market in a secure and timely manner and facilitate the movement of workers.
 
He retaliated the need to end 'slavery' of exporting raw materials by focusing on value addition and industrialisation. This, he said, will also help the country curb exportation of jobs to other countries.
 
Museveni pledged government's commitment to continue designing policies and regulations that encourage and enhance Uganda's business development to make locally produced products competitiveness in the region.
 
The Uganda Export Promotions Board executive director, Elly Twineyo Kamugisha, said the country's export earnings grew to $3.74b (sh13.6 trillion) as of November 2019, owing to market and product diversification and the good work done by exporters.
 
He noted that although the country still has a trade deficit, it will reduce once the Government completes the construction of major infrastructure projects, which are contributing to the huge import bill.
 
Kamugisha noted that government procurement of imports has over the last three years grown by 120% because of mega infrastructure projects.
 
"Our huge import bill is for machines and equipment for the factories being established. Once the factories are established, we will start producing for the domestic and export market. 
 
It is also good that we have started mining our own iron ore so iron, meaning the iron and steel industry will also soon stop importing raw materials. Once those are achieved, the import bill will come down and exports will increase," Kamugisha said.
 
Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde applauded exporters for performing better than last year and urged them to work harder to enable the country attain the middle-income status.
 
About the award
The President's Export Award is an annual event organised by the Uganda Export Promotions Board to recognise and honour the contributions made by the export community towards national development. 
 
It also seeks sensitise and create awareness about the importance of exports and rallying Ugandans to associate with the country's export agenda.
 
Olam Uganda, the exporters of Cotton, Cocoa, Sesame and Coffee were the best exporters of 2019, walking away with the Platinum Award. The company exported goods worth over $69m during the year.
 
It was followed by Kyagulanyi Coffee Uganda Limited as the First Runners Up, walking away with a Gold Award, after posting over $65m in annual turnover from the export of coffee.
 
UGACOF emerged the Second Runners, taking the Silver Award. It had an annual turnover of over $56m from coffee exports.
 
WINNERS
PRESIDENT'S EXPORT AWARD
Olam Uganda Limited - Platinum Award
Kyagulanyi Coffee Uganda Ltd - Gold Award
UGACOF Limited - Silver Award
 
AGRICULTURAL AND AGRO-PROCESSED PRODUCTS  
TEA 
McLeod Russell Ltd - Gold Award
Rusekere Tea Growers Factory Ltd - Silver Award
 
CEREALS
Agri-Exim Ltd - Gold Award
Bakhresa Grain Milling Ltd - Silver Award
 
COCOA AND COCOA CONFECTIONARIES
Esco Uganda Ltd - Gold Award
African Tradewinds Ltd - Silver Award
 
EDIBLE FATS AND OILS
Mukwano Industries Ltd  - Gold Award
Bidco Uganda Ltd -  Silver Award
 
FISH AND FISH PRODUCTS
Fresh Perch Ltd - Gold Award
Karmic Foods Ltd - Silver Award
 
FLOWERS AND CUTTINGS
Wagagai Ltd - Gold Award
Rosebud Ltd - Silver Award
 
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
FFP Uganda Ltd - Gold Award
Mairye Estates Ltd - Silver Award
 
DAIRY AND DAIRY PRODUCTS
Lakeside Dairy Ltd - Gold Award
Pearl Dairy Uganda Ltd - Silver Award
 
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS (BASE METALS)
Roofings Uganda Ltd - Gold Award
Steel and Tube Uganda Ltd - Silver Award
 
BEVERAGES (Non-Alcoholic)
Crown Beverages Uganda Ltd - Gold Award
Harris International Uganda Ltd - Silver Award
 
BEVERAGES (Alcoholic)
Nile Breweries Uganda Ltd - Gold Award
Uganda Breweries Ltd - Silver
CEMENT
Hima Cement Uganda Ltd - Gold Award
Tororo Cement Uganda Ltd - Silver Award
 
PLASTICS AND PLASTICS PRODUCTS
Quality Plastics Uganda Ltd - Gold 
Africa Polysack Ltd - Silver
 
SUGAR AND SUGAR CONFECTIONARIES
Kakira Sugar Works Ltd - Gold Award
Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) - Silver Award
 
SERVICES (EDUCATION)
Kampala International University (KIU) - Gold Award
Bugema University - Silver Award
 
SERVICES ( LOGISTICS)
Bollore Transport and Logistics Uganda Ltd - Gold Award
Spedag Interfreight Ltd - Silver Award
 
SERVICES (ICT)
I3C Uganda Ltd - Gold Award
Data Care Uganda Ltd - Silver Award
 
SPECIAL AWARDS (Regional)
Gulu Agriculture Company Ltd - Northern
Huppi Trading Company Ltd - Eastern
Pearl Flowers Ltd - Western
 
 

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