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Uganda-Kenya Business Forum Communique and Resolutions 9 August 2015

28 October 2015

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) in collaboration with the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI) organized the Kenya-Uganda Business Forum on 9th August 2015,

at Kampala Serena Hotel. The event brought together 74 business persons from Kenya led by KNCCI Chairman Kiprono Kittony and 100 business persons from Uganda led by UNCCI President Olive Kigongo. The Business Forum was graced by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta, the Cabinet Secretary Treasury Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary Foreign Affairs and International Trade Amb. Amina Mohammed and the Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade, Industry and cooperatives of Uganda; in attendance was Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia.
he Business forum was aimed at addressing trade relations between Kenya and Uganda. Bilateral talks were held earlier in the day and were co-Chaired by Hon. Amelia Kyambadde and Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed. During the forum the members of the Private Sector were briefed on the resolutions of the meeting. Hon. Amelia Kyambadde in her concluding remarks committed “We shall endeavour to improve the business conditions for the private sector to work more effectively and conductively through more meetings for Business and Government”. In her remarks Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed reiterated the fact that both countries have made bold steps to contribute to the growth of both economies.
UNCCI President Ms Olive stated that the discussions were focussed on networking and that the business forum was an eye opener for both countries in terms of trade opportunities to venture in. she also mentioned the need to remove the non-tariff barriers that hinder trade.
Mr Kittony, KNCCI chairman applauded the government for showing courage to deepen relationships between Kenya and Uganda. Some of the issues raised by the private sector include having a single currency, possibilities of having more SME’s laws and regulations, local content in the gas and oil industry, increasing investment in the agricultural sector among others. Mr. Kittony reiterated the fact that intra Africa trade is important for African countries. Twice every year the two chambers will be meeting to discuss and come up with better strategies to create a more enabling environment for the business community.
Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga CEO KAM called for a quick resolution to Non-Tariff Barriers between the two countries saying: “The non-tariff barriers are undermining integration and growth of the internal market and Industry is calling for commitment from Ministries of EAC and Trade to advocate for the removal of these barriers and also engage political leaders to see the prudent implementation of the Treaty.”
In his remarks H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta said, “Kenya is not in competition with Uganda is rather we should complement each other and work towards developing our economies and be globally competitive”. He encouraged both Chambers to meet regularly and address issues that hamper trade between the countries. He encouraged entrepreneurs to think out of the box and take advantage for the growth of our regional economy and also help unlock potential for young entrepreneurs. The President promised to ensure all views raised would be resolved. He affirmed that he looks forward to partnering and participating in open partnership for the prosperity of our region.
In closing President Kenyatta urged members of the business community to take the Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries to task where issues raised had not been addressed. President Kenyatta added he would have regular meetings to ensure we are progressing and reminded members of the Private Sector the onus upon them to progress integration.
During the forum an MOU was signed by KNCCI and UNCCI to enhance trade relations and business interaction between the Private Sectors and to serve as a point of accountability for the Private Sectors of both Nations.

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