Message from Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi
Welcome to the Economic and Commercial Section of U.S. Mission Uganda's website. As Ambassador, one of my top priorities is to promote U.S. exports to Uganda, facilitate and protect U.S. investments in Uganda, and encourage job creation in both countries. On these pages you will find a wealth of information on topics ranging from doing business in Uganda to the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and important resources such as Uganda’s Country Commercial Guide, Investment Climate Statement for Uganda, and the World Bank's "Doing Business in Uganda" report.
As we look toward the future, it is clear that Africa is more important than ever to the prosperity of the international community, and to the United States. Africa’s economies are among the fastest growing in the world. Uganda, which has such tremendous potential, is of particular interest, with fertile soils, abundant water, a strategic location in the heart of East Africa, a university recognized across the continent for its excellence, and, most importantly, hardworking people with an entrepreneurial spirit.
As an Embassy, we are committed to working with the private sector to attract investment, create jobs, and persuade American companies to take a look at Uganda. Our Embassy is also interested in boosting trade competitiveness and agricultural yields so that Ugandan products can better access regional and international markets.
The U.S. government is doing its part to encourage more American companies to invest in Africa, launching a number of initiatives to increase American commercial ties to this continent including:
- A Trade and Investment Partnership between the U.S. and the Eastern Africa Community (EAC).
- The U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative that drives private investment in the renewable energy sector.
- President Obama’s “Doing Business in Africa” campaign that assists U.S. businesses in identifying and seizing opportunities in Africa.
- Trade Africa—an initiative that will initially focus on the member states of the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) and aims to double intra-regional trade in the EAC, increase EAC exports to the United States by 40%, and make it easier for goods to reach Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi from ports in Kenya and Tanzania.
From agriculture to oil, from infrastructure to tourism, economic opportunities abound in Uganda and I hope any U.S. companies interested in doing business in Uganda take advantage of the many resources on this website. In addition, feel free to also reach out to the Embassy’s Economic and Commercial team as you explore Uganda’s many opportunities for partnership and growth. They offer a full range of services for firms looking to do business in Uganda.