The Busi­ness End

Kampala Business Travel Guide - - AFRICA outlook -

IN­EVITABLY, EVOLV­ING AT such speed comes with its chal­lenges from an in­fras­truc­tural per­spec­tive, but the off­shoots have for the most part been pos­i­tive.

Nu­mer­ous in­dus­tries have been forced to adapt and to ex­pand in or­der to cope with the ris­ing in­ter­est in the city, and once their gam­bles are re­paid, they can then rein­vest in even more con­certed de­vel­op­ment; ul­ti­mately gen­er­at­ing an evo­lu­tion­ary cy­cle con­ducive to sus­tain­able sta­bil­ity.

For sec­tors across hos­pi­tal­ity, food & drink, re­tail and leisure, the ad­van­tages are ob­vi­ous and the clien­tele is forth­com­ing from all cor­ners of both Uganda and over­seas, but per­haps more im­por­tantly is the coun­try’s abil­ity to ren­o­vate more tra­di­tional in­dus­tries in­te­gral to the over­all pros­per­ity of Uganda.

Ef­forts have been un­der­way for the past few years to re­lo­cate its heavy in­dus­try to the Kam­pala Busi­ness and In­dus­trial Park just out­side of the city cen­tre, cap­i­tal­is­ing on the man­u­fac­tur­ing, con­struc­tion, min­ing and lo­gis­tics po­ten­tial within the coun­try. And then, as you edge nearer to Kam­pala’s core, then realms of fi­nance, tech­nol­ogy, travel and the ser­vices be­come more preva­lent.

And then of course comes the SME seg­ment of the mar­ket that, per­haps more than any­one, is ben­e­fit­ing from the in­flux of busi­ness trav­ellers and tourists. Nu­mer­ous start-ups, small busi­ness own­ers and in­dige­nous mar­kets serve as an in­dict­ment of the Ugan­dan cul­ture peo­ple are en­joy­ing so much at present, while also pro­vid­ing a nearby, im­me­di­ate respite from of­fice blocks and meet­ings that might dom­i­nate your core ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing your trip.

Ar­guably though, the most sig­nif­i­cant sec­tor, and big­gest ben­e­fi­ciary of all is the hos­pi­tal­ity do­main. Ho­tels, hos­tels, lodges, apart­ments and Airbnb are now locked in a tus­sle for busi­ness where al­most no-one can lose; and no other snap­shot sums up Kam­pala’s de­vel­op­ment bet­ter than that, as the Uganda Ho­tel Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ex­plains.

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