Building Opportunities for Trade between Ireland and Uganda
News18 July 2019
On 18 July, the Ambassador of Ireland, William Carlos, hosted members of the Irish and Ugandan business community for a networking event at his home. The purpose of the event was to facilitate and promote opportunities between the Irish and Ugandan private sector.
Over 60 private sector representatives gathered to listen to expert speakers, Dr Fred Muhumuza and Professor August Nuwagaba, on the topics of economic trends and opportunities for growth and expansion in Ugandan and the region. This was followed by a vibrant Q&A session that clearly showed the appetite for increasing trade and investment between Ireland and Uganda.
Welcoming guests to his home, Ambassador Carlos expressed his wish that this would be the first of many such events, noting that there is great opportunity to grow trade between the two countries from its current €20.8 million, “I believe that Uganda and Ireland are well matched business and trade partners. As a formerly agriculture-based, and now service-based economy, Ireland has a lot to offer Uganda in terms of knowledge and information sharing. We see great potential in building links in agri-food, agri-processing, textiles and tourism, moving to ICT and pharmaceuticals into the future.”