Freight forwarders summit due
Mwijukye said they will discuss and understand the current transport and logistics sector in Uganda, the opportunities and challenges to competitively trade in the region
Uganda Freight Forwarders Association (UFFA) in partnership with the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP), Ministry of Works & Transport are organizing the inaugural Regional Logistics EXPO2017 schedule t o take place from the 25th - 27th April 2017 at Kampala Serene Hotel under the theme “Transforming Uganda into a Regional Logistics Hub. According to Jennifer Mwijukye Chairperson of Uganda Freight Forwarders Association (UFFA), the Regional Logistics Expo 2017 will include a cocktail of exciting activities such as a two day conference including motivational speeches and presentations from renowned global speakers & experts in the sector, government officials, development partners, industry players from within the region and globally, a transport, logistics & relevant suppliers exhibition, media engagements, networking events, Business to Business Engagement among others. “The event shall offer a unique opportunity to share best practice in trade and policy, engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, and define roles and responsibilities in the development process to facilitate a competitive environment for the development of a logistics hub in Uganda,” said Mwijukye. She said the Regional Logistics EXPO2017 will focus mainly on the development of a regional logistics hub in Uganda. “It will therefore seek to discuss the avenues to achieving the long term infrastructural and high tech development initiative for facilitating trade and as a key national development strategy for increased competitiveness in the region. “The event will highlight the role of key stakeholders in achieving the initiative while defining appropriate strategies to be employed to achieve the National Vision for Logistics & Transport,” stressed Mwijukye. Mwijukye said they will discuss and understand the current transport and logistics sector in Uganda, the opportunities and challenges to competitively trade in the region. “It will provide a forum for the development of a hub master plan, identify investment opportunities and sources of funding to finance the hub initiative. “Disseminate information on ongoing development projects and initiatives by relevant stakeholders for the logistics and transport sector and facilitate UFFA’S role as the lead private sector logistics association in partnership with Government towards the implementation and transformation of Uganda into a Logistics Hub. The Chairman of the UCMP Dr. Elly Karuhanga said; One such platform the Oil & Gas Convention spearheaded by Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) is an industry platform to promote developments in the Oil & Gas sector Running under the theme “Oil and Gas Doors Open In Uganda”, this year’s convention will bring together industry stakeholders to focus on the practical approaches needed to take full advantage of the numerous opportunities that are about to be opened in Uganda. “The general consensus is that in order to achieve first Oil by the year 2020, all stakeholders must coordinate and plat their roles to fast track developments towards priority projects like crude export pipeline and other pipelines, the refinery and storage facilities plus all other relevant infrastructure. “The need to develop industry specific skills to support these developments goes without saying. As such, it is imperative that the private sector indentifies entry points along the value chain within which they can offer their various services,” said Karuhanga. He said the development of Uganda’s transportation, maritime, aviation, road and rail and logistics infrastructure will position the country as a leading logistics destination. “All components for the Hub will be synergized to present seamless logistics services to the regional and international trading community. “Key to note is the critical component of the global logistics hub initiative as the broadening of bilateral collaborations with Uganda’s global partners, and encouraging private sector investment and financing through private-public partnerships (PPPS).”
“Disseminate information on ongoing development projects and initiatives by relevant stakeholders for the logistics and transport sector and facilitate UFFA’S role as the lead private sector logistics association in partnership with Government towards the implementation and transformation of Uganda into a Logistics Hub.