The 29th Uganda International Trade Fair is set to kick off on October 3rd at the Uganda Manufacturers’ Association (UMA) grounds in Kampala. President Yoweri Museveni will officially open the week-long event, which runs until October 10th.
With the theme “Accelerating Industry and Trade through Digital Evolution and Creativity,” this year’s trade fair aims to highlight technological advances and innovative practices shaping global manufacturing and trade.
UMA Executive Director Ezra Muhumuza Rubanda told journalists that over 1,000 exhibitors from Uganda and abroad will participate and over 300,000 participants are expected. Around 30 countries will be represented, including South Africa, India, South Korea, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan and China.
On October 10th, East African Community General Secretary Peter Mathuki will close the exhibition at the UMA Lugogo Show Grounds.
Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Director Commander SSP Godwin Arinaitwe cautioned participants to follow traffic rules and regulations, though he said traffic flow should remain normal. The KCCA will provide parking at Phillip Omondi and Nakawa.
According to a UMA study, Ugandan small and medium enterprises (SMEs) embracing digitization saw 42.2% revenue growth last fiscal year. Adopting information technologies has boosted efficiency, production, job growth and business expansion for these SMEs.