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Doing Business in Uganda

With a young and rapidly growing population, extremely productive agricultural lands, a nascent oil sector, and a strategic location in the heart of East and Central Africa, Uganda offers great economic potential. 

The Economic and Commercial Section at the U.S. Mission in Kampala offers a number of commercial services that aim to promote American trade and investment interests, encourage U.S. exports, and level the playing field for all businesses by advocating for open markets, free trade, and predictability and transparency in the regulatory environment.  We draw on our extensive networks of business contacts and local knowledge to conduct partner searches, perform company profiles and carry out other commercial services upon request by U.S. firms.  The Embassy is eager to assist Ugandan businesses and individuals seeking to identify U.S. suppliers of goods and services and works to help Ugandan firms take advantage of the duty free preferences available through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
If you’re interested in doing business in Uganda, these resources can help get you started:

  • Doing Business in Uganda: A Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies:  Provides a comprehensive overview of doing business in Uganda, and includes a wide range of information on the Ugandan investment climate, sectors of opportunity, regulatory developments, and statistics on the Ugandan economy. 
  • U.S. Mission's Investment Climate Statement for Uganda: Helps guide investors looking at opportunities in Uganda.
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Uganda:  This non-profit offers membership to American companies, multinationals, and local companies with strong business ties with the United States.

The U.S. Government provides a range of commercial services for businesses operating in Africa. 

  • brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses planning their international sales strategies and  hosts information on the National Export Initiative.
  • BuyUSA helps U.S. companies find new international business partners in worldwide markets.
  • Export Import Bank of the United States is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency with specialized experience in trade issues. USTR negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, resolve disputes, and participate in global trade policy organizations.
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It advances U.S. foreign policy by mobilizing private capital to help solve critical world challenges.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides support to U.S. small businesses and small business owners across the nation through capital (loans), access to federal contracts, and counseling.
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities -- such as feasibility studies, training and reverse trade missions -- while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.
  • USAID conducts competition for contracts, grants and cooperative agreements to find the most qualified implementing partners for USAID/Uganda's development assistance programs at the best value to the US Government. An implementing partner can be a U.S. or local non-governmental organization (NGO), commercial organization, an individual, or a public international organization.  We are committed to building sustainable Ugandan local capacity by implementing our programs wherever possible through Ugandan NGOs and private sector and with the Government of Uganda.  Our programs are guided by our strategies which support the Government of Uganda to achieve a number of joint objectives.  Please find our major strategic documents below.  For more information about upcoming acquisition and assistance opportunities, please visit the fedbizopps website for acquisition opportunities, the grants website for assistance opportunities, or USAID Uganda’s page for more information.

Links to useful local resources

• Uganda Investment Authority
• Uganda Export Promotion Board
• Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
• Uganda Revenue Authority
• Uganda Registration Services Bureau
• Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Assets Authority
• Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Business Visas
For information on obtaining a visa to visit Uganda, please click here.

Travel Advisories
Make sure to check the current State Department Travel Advisory for Uganda.

Contact us
Embassy phone: (256) 414 306001
Embassy fax: (256) 414 259794

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