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THE FIRST UGANDA-EUROPE BUSINESS FORUM, 9 - 10 MARCH 2020, MUNYONYO, KAMPALA

Monday, 9th March 2020
The 1st Uganda Europe Business Forum
In line with the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs, the European Union in partnership with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda and the Government of Uganda are organizing the first ever Uganda-Europe Business Forum, scheduled to take place from 9th to 10th March 2020 at Speke Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala. The forum forms part of a joint initiative to facilitate collaboration between private and public actors and partnership between Ugandan and European companies, in the framework of the Sustainable Business for Uganda Platform. The event will be graced by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda and Ms Jutta Urpilainen, the European Commissioner for International Partnerships as well as prominent European and Ugandan public and private sector players.

The Uganda-Europe Forum forms part of the joint "Sustainable Business for Uganda - SB4U" initiative to enforce the above priorities and facilitate collaboration between private and public actors, as well as partnerships between domestic and European companies. The SB4U initiative initiated a year ago a dialogue process between domestic and European businesses in Uganda and select national actors. Several issues - in particular workforce skills, corruption practices and access to finance - were identified as being critical to expanded business and investment by both businesses communities in Uganda. As a result, a "Uganda-EU Roadmap to Improved Investment Climate" was formulated, rolled out and is currently being actioned. The Forum marks an important milestone in the SB4U exercise and provides an opportunity to showcase progress on the Roadmap and other topics of interest to promote Uganda-EU investment and trade opportunities. The ambition is that this first forum will be followed by others, possibly on a yearly basis.

The forum marks an important milestone in the roadmap towards strengthening the Uganda-EU economic alliance. This highly interactive event will provide information and working sessions on Uganda's business enabling environment, trade and investment opportunities and funding instruments that can be used to support domestic and EU businesses. The participation to the forum will be free.

In the Uganda-Europe Business Forum, you will have an exceptional opportunity to;
  1. Meet the Decision Makers: H.E. the President, Ministers, High-Level Officials, CEOs of European and Ugandan companies.
  2. Grab the low hanging fruits: new opportunities for investment in Agriculture, Energy, Cities, Natural Resources and for Access to Finance.
  3. Build your network: setup your own B2B and B2G meetings, with the B2Match App, and visits to local businesses.
  4. Trade with Europe: learn more about Uganda business incentives and duty-free quota-free exports to the EU.
  5. Discover Uganda: an island of security and economic stability in the East African Region.
  6. Invest for the long term: be part of the Sustainable Business for Uganda Platform.

Objectives and Expected Outcomes:

Through the organisation of the first Uganda-Europe Business Forum, the EU, in partnership with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and the Government of Uganda, aim at promoting Uganda as an attractive destination for private sector investments to spur sustainable economic growth and jobs generation. The Forum aligns with the priorities of the European Commission, particularly on Green Deals, Sustainable Growth and Jobs, and Digitalisation.

It will be held under the Patronage of H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda and co-hosted by the European Commissioner for International Partnerships. Yet it will remain a private sector-driven exercise, engaging both Ugandan and European companies and potential investors. The Business Forum will focus on challenges and opportunities most relevant to the current Uganda-EU-business relations. 

This highly interactive event will provide information and working sessions on Uganda's investment and business enabling environment, green and innovation deals, including insights into how European funding can be used to support domestic and EU businesses and partnerships.

Expected Outcomes Include:

From the private sector, an overview of opportunities for:
  • investments and development in Uganda, in a diverse choice of sectors,
  • accessing finance and understanding regulatory and taxation issues,
  • networking among domestic and European companies and developing potential partnerships,
  • exchanging opinions on hurdles to doing business and supporting the ongoing progress on the Roadmap towards a better investment climate,
  • receiving first-hand information about investment, trade and business options in Uganda for future investment planning in the country.

From the public sector, an acknowledgement of:
  • the needs of the private sector to invest and grow in Uganda,
  • the expected reforms for a more conducive business environment,
  • the added-value of a structured public-private dialogue.

Participation:

Participation in the Forum will be free and subject to invitations after pre-registration on the Forum website: http://www.ugandaeuropebusinessforum.com/. In case some participants could not attend, streaming sessions will be made available on the forum website.

Source: Public Diplomacy Desk, Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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