Country profile Uganda

Number of Dutch companies active: 200
Population: 39 million
Area: 241,038 km² (6 times the size of the Netherlands)
GDP growth:  6.5% (2019)
Head of state: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

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NABC and Uganda

The most recent NABC trade mission to Uganda took place in December 2019. A highly-specialised group of six companies that are active in trading spices and other commodities visited the country for a one-week business trip aimed at finding suppliers.

In October 2017, NABC’s Dutch Africa Poultry Platform went on a joint trade mission to Rwanda and Uganda. Poultry is seen as an important and growing sector for Uganda, full of opportunities.

Download: Two-pager about the 2017 poultry mission.

We received in incoming delegation of Ugandan farmers in 2016 and organised a one-week trade mission for them.

NABC is usually present during the annual Uganda-Netherlands Business Convention, which is organised by the Ugandan diaspora in the Netherlands.

Investment climate

The Ugandan investment climate is relatively liberal. More and more services are being digitalised, including the taxation system through the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA). An e-visa is standard nowadays and can be obtained online. Questions about investing in Uganda can be addressed by the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) in Kampala.

Sectors that have received most investment from the Dutch business community include tourism, horticulture, agriculture and renewable energy. Several Dutch companies have invested in Uganda in recent years with assistance of the Netherlands-Enterprise Agency (RVO).

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Uganda has always had a very strong focus on agriculture, since the country -mainly the central and Western regions- experience sufficient quantities of rainfall on order to harvest most crops twice a year. Most foreign currency is generated through export of tea, coffee, vanilla and cocoa. Another major foreign income earner is tourism, although that has been greatly affected by Covid-19 in 2020.

Diplomatic relations

The Netherlands

Embassy

There is a Dutch embassy in the Ugandan capital Kampala. In early 2020, it moved into a brand-new office. The current Dutch ambassador is Mr. Henk-Jan Bakker. At the end of his 4-year tenure in the summer of 2020, a new Dutch Ambassador, Ms. Karin Boven, will take up office.

Uganda

Embassy

Uganda is represented in the Netherlands via its embassy in Brussels, led by Ambassador Ms. Mirjam Blaak. This may sound like a Dutch name and in fact it is: Ms. Blaak used to have the Dutch nationality but she now only holds the Ugandan nationality. You can read an in-depth article about her remarkable journey here. (LINK)

Presence of Dutch companies

With an estimated 200 Dutch companies active in Uganda, Uganda is among the most popular African countries for Dutch companies. The Dutch business community is quite active and is united in a sector organisation, the NUTIP. The majority of these companies are active in horticulture since Uganda has an excellent climate for growing flowers. Another sector with a significant Dutch footprint is tourism; a number of the leading tour operators in Uganda is from the Netherlands.

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