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Background

Uganda achieved independence from the UK in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed another 100,000 lives. During the 1990s the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections.

Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt. Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, employing over 80% of the work force. Coffee is the major export crop and accounts for the bulk of export revenues. Since 1986, the government - with the support of foreign countries and international agencies - has acted to rehabilitate and stabilize the economy by undertaking currency reform, raising producer prices on export crops, increasing prices of petroleum products, and improving civil service wages. The policy changes are especially aimed at dampening inflation and boosting production and export earnings. During 1990-2001, the economy turned in a solid performance based on continued investment in the rehabilitation of infrastructure, improved incentives for production and exports, reduced inflation, gradually improved domestic security, and the return of exiled Indian-Ugandan entrepreneurs. Ongoing Ugandan involvement in the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, corruption within the government, and slippage in the government's determination to press reforms raise doubts about the continuation of strong growth. In 2000, Uganda qualified for enhanced Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) debt relief worth $1.3 billion and Paris Club debt relief worth $145 million. These amounts combined with the original HIPC debt relief added up to about $2 billion. Growth for 2001 was held back because of a continued decline in the price of coffee, Uganda's principal export.

Holidays
Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Jan 21* - Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Jan 26 - Liberation Day(NRM/NRA Victory Celebrations)
Mar 8 - International Women's Day
Mar 25~ - Good Friday
Mar 28~ - Easter Monday
May 1 - Labour Day
Jun 3 - Ugandan Martyrs' Day
Jun 9 - National Heroes' Day
Oct 9 - Independence Day
Nov 14-16* - Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 26 - Boxing Day

Ps: Muslim festivals(*) are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. Besides, the Festivals' date(~) are subject to change in every new year.

Phone Codes

Country Code: 256

Resources

Market Research

CIA - The World Factbook - Republic of Uganda
This website indicates a wide range of detail information about Uganda by introducing under 8 different fields as its geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues. 

About Uganda
There is available to find out Uganda's general outlook on the issues of its social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation, government, duty free, health and so forth.

Uganda Enter Business.com
There is available to find resources about investment information, taxation, economic indicators, import & export, regulatory issues, infrastructure, sectoral overviews and so forth in Uganda.

Lex Africa: Business Guide: Uganda
The African Law Firm Network examines Uganda in order to get comprehensive business outlook for the potential investors seeking business opportunities in Uganda.

Uganda News Sites & Newspapers
There are listed Uganda's news sites & newspapers.

Doing Business in Uganda
World Bank represents a snapshot of the business climate in Uganda by identifying specific regulations and policies that encourage or discourage investment, productivity, and growth related to Uganda.

Uganda Business
Mbendi serves as business oriented directory providing an ultimate African Business Source for the potential investors seeking new business opportunities in Uganda including the list of industries for Uganda.

Business Directory - Uganda
Wow-directory offers business resources and services by creating cross-referenced categories in business opportunities for Uganda as business to business, classifieds, cooperatives, directories, organizations & trade.

Business in Uganda
This website provides an extensive information gateway for Uganda in terms of doing business with Uganda, legal guides to establishing business in Uganda and so forth.

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs - For Uganda
U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs creates a wide range of research named as Consular Information Sheet about Uganda in terms of analyzing its social, political, cultural & economic environments.

World Trade Organization(WTO) : Uganda
World Trade Organization(WTO) supplies the trade policy reviews of Uganda in order to display & evaluate the recent economic and business developments realized after introducing the economic improvement packages by WTO.

Trade Information

Selection of Websites - For Uganda
Export Services creates a list of useful institutions, organizations, agencies and so forth related to export & business in Uganda by providing contact information of the institutions, as well.

Uganda Export Promotion Board
The mission of Uganda Export Promotion Board is to facilitate the development, diversification, promotion and co-ordination of all export related activities in Uganda.

Embassy Listings For Uganda
There are listed the embassies of Uganda including the embassies' contact information.

 
 
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