By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde has officially launched the Uganda Trade Information Portal, an electronic platform for trade related information mainly on import, export and transit.
The portal is a trade facilitation tool with the aim of providing trade related information to ease doing business in the country.
While launching the portal at Serena Hotel Kampala on Wednesday, Minister Kyambadde said the program will enable interested parties to have an opportunity of access to information about fees, procedures and information on importation, exportation and transit goods in the region
The portal can be accessed on ugandatrades.go.ug.
Minister Kyambadde said the development of the portal is premised on the Trade Facilitation Agreement which came into force on 22nd February 2017 where 2/3 of World Trade Organization members ratified the agreement, Uganda inclusive.
“I must thank United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, TradeMark East Africa and the East African Community Secretariat for working together to roll out the development and implementation of trade portals in the region,” she said.
She added that the program will help in efficiency and simplification of procedures; documentation, charges and fees relating to exportation; importation and transit of goods among Member States.
“We appreciate the positive measures government is putting in place, we must also note that a lot of work still remains to be done to improve on the business environment. Let me take this once in a lifetime opportunity to launch the National Trade Information Portal,” the Minister said as she launched the portal.
The Trade information portal will complement the Electronic Single Window.
Whereas the Single Window enables traders to clear their export, import and transit goods online, the Trade Portal will enable the traders access all the information regarding the documentation, procedures, fees, and changes needed before they go into the clearing Process.