• 28TH FEBRUARY - 1ST MARCH 2018

    EAST AFRICA TRADE
    DEVELOPMENT FORUM (TDF)

ABOUT TRADE DEVELOPMENT FORUM

Trade facilitation has made a big difference to competitiveness in the East African region. Between 2010 and 2017, significant efficiency gains have been achieved at the ports and borders, and by revenue authorities as well as agencies and firms involved in trade logistics.

For example, Mombasa Port has seen a 52% reduction in import time and 59% reduction in export time. Similarly, Dar Port has seen a 28% reduction in import time and 53% reduction in export time.

Borders have become more efficient. There has been on average a decline of 50% in the time it takes to cross borders.

The key enablers have been better trade infrastructure - both hard (roads, ports, one stop border posts), and soft (ICT for trade especially electronic single trade portals and cargo tracking); institutional building (modernisation of customs and revenue authorities1); and private sector engagement.

TMEA, her partners and others have played an important role in these achievements. Valuable lessons have been learnt. The objective of the East African Trade Development Forum is to showcase the exciting results we have achieved with our partners during our Strategy One (2010-2017), share lessons learnt, and discuss Strategy 2 (2018-2024).

The Forum format will be high-level, interactive and participative. We will combine a mix of experiential, plenary and breakout sessions spread over the two days. The experiential sessions will include a ‘Wall of Trade’ depicting EAC trade Corridors, real-time cargo tracking; and women-in-trade live exhibits. Break-out session topics will cover areas of trade facilitation such as information and communication technology for trade; trade logistics; trade infrastructure, logistics and transport corridors; industrialisation and jobs through cluster development; women in cross-border trade, and new ways of funding trade development.

The Forum will aim to establish vibrant permanent platforms for sharing knowledge and experience amongst partners over the next six years.

Partners and participants will be drawn from both our regional and international trade development communities. We are honoured to have His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda as our Chief Guest. Key speakers will include Ali Mufuruki our Board Chair, Development Ministers and distinguished speakers from trade facilitation and Aid for Trade fields.

EVENT FORMAT

The TDF will take place over two days. The Forum format will be high-level, interactive and participative. We will combine a mix of experiential, plenary and breakout sessions spread over the two days. The experiential sessions will include a ‘Wall of Trade’ depicting EAC trade Corridors, real-time cargo tracking; and women-in-trade live exhibits. Break-out session topics will cover areas of trade facilitation such as information and communication technology for trade; trade logistics; trade infrastructure, logistics and transport corridors; industrialisation and jobs through cluster development; women in cross-border trade, and new ways of funding trade development.

The Forum will aim to establish vibrant permanent platforms for sharing knowledge and experience amongst partners over the next six years.

Partners and participants will be drawn from both our regional and international trade development communities. We are honoured to have His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda as our Chief Guest. Key speakers will include Ali Mufuruki our Board Chair, Development Ministers and distinguished speakers from trade facilitation and Aid for Trade fields.

LOGISTICS

Speke Resort Munyonyo
Kampala, Uganda
https://www.spekeresort.com/

Airport

Entebbe International Airport is the principal international airport of Uganda. It is near the town of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria, and approximately 40.5 kilometres (25 mi) by road south-west of the central business district of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda. Airport website: http://entebbe-airport.com/

Matatu / Taxis

The best way to get around Kampala city and the neighbouring towns is by using minibus-type taxis called matatus. This is the most efficient and cost-effective method of transportation in urban areas.

Pioneer Bus / City Buses

Pioneer Bus is a very nice option to take around town. You can identify these buses by their orange and black colors and large size.

Bus / Coaches

Several bus companies offer direct lines between Kampala and neighbouring countries have stations in the city. A night bus from Kampala could start at 16:00hrs to arrive at 06:00hrs in Nairobi.

Special Hire Taxi

Probably the safest and fastest way for a group of 4 to 5 people to travel in Kampala is by Special Hire Taxi. In general, white or yellow Toyota Corolla’s seem to be the taxi of choice and can be identified by the “taxi” sign on top of the car or by the man yelling out his window at you. There are many taxi stages around town including Garden City, the National Theatre, and Pioneer Mall. The price is dependent on where you are going and how far it is.

CAR

The roads in Kampala are good. When planning to move around Kampala it is best not to ask how far it is but to ask how long it will take. Local drivers normally have a good idea of how long journeys will take. There saloon vehicle hire companies in the city. This will cost upwards of US$50.00 per day (not including fuel).

Boda Bodas

Perhaps the most adventurous thing you can do in Uganda is ride on a boda boda. These are commercial motorbikes. While they may be quite risky to use, they are the fastest and can get you to your destination in a split of seconds. They have mastered the art of manoeuvring their way through heavy traffic thus a favourite for many. Always be cautious while using a boda boda, you can tell the rider to go slow or fast if you so desire and be careful not to miss carrying your helmet.

You will definitely wish to try them.

Visitors to Uganda must obtain a visa on arrival to Uganda or from one of the Ugandan diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. A list of Uganda missions abroad is available at https://www.mofa.go.ug/#

You can also apply online for an ‘e-visa’ at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/ . You should give yourself sufficient time to apply for a visa and make sure when applying that the start date and validity covers the period you wish to travel. You can also apply for an East African Tourist Visa. This is valid for 90 days and allows multiple entry into Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. You can apply for this visa on the ‘e-visa’ website.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Uganda.

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Vaccines Required

Hepatitis A: CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Uganda, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Malaria: You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. See more detailed information about malaria in Uganda.

Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Uganda. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Yellow Fever: Required if traveling from a country with risk of YFV transmission and ≥1 year of age.

Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months of age.

Currency

The Uganda Shilling exchange rate is approximately 3635 to the US$.
See:  http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

Language

The official language in Uganda is English and Swahili.

Time Zone

Uganda is three hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +3)
See: https://www.timeanddate.com/

Electricity

Voltage, Frequency and Plug/Outlet Type in Uganda. Electricity in Uganda is 240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Uganda with a device that does not accept 240 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter

Telecommunications

GSM, 3G and 4G mobile phone systems are in operation. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased upon arrival in the country and from the retail stores.

Climate

Uganda is sunny most of the year with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees (84 degrees Fahrenheit). The average annual temperature is about 26 degrees Celsius (78° Fahrenheit). The rainy season is from March till May and October till November. Light rain season falls in November and December. Dry seasons are from December to February and June to August.

For weather forecasts in Kampala, follow link:
https://www.accuweather.com/en/ug/kampala/318416/weather-forecast/318416

  • Tickets will be issued by Muthaiga Travel for participants catered for by TMEA. Other participants are requested to share their flight details with trademarkea@muthaiga.co.ke for logistical purposes.
  • Participants are expected to travel to the event on Tuesday, 27th February 2018 and depart on 1st evening. In instances where arrival time at the final destination is after midnight, participants will depart on 2nd March.
  • Please note that tickets are non-endorsable, non-re-routable and non-refundable after departure.
  • Reservation changes after ticketing will attract a penalty of up to $100 plus fare difference depending on the booking class. Such costs will be borne directly by the participant and we encourage you to avoid this.
  • Upon arrival at the airport in Entebbe, please look out for a TradeMark EA paging board for guidance on transfers.
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel and back to the airport after the meeting will be provided in shared cars / buses.
  • Hotel check-in and out times are 1200 hrs and 1000 hrs respectively. The hotel may allow late check out on a case by case basis. If need be, please request the hotel reception directly for late check out. Our travel agent will facilitate early check in.

Accomodation

Accommodation has been booked on full-board basis, in single deluxe rooms from 27th February (Dinner) – 1st March (Lunch). Participants will cater for any other expenses outside the agreed full-board arrangement. Please ensure that such payments are paid before check-out. For those settling their accommodation bills directly with the hotel, the hotel has extended a rate of US $ 110.00 & Executive Rooms at US $ 200.00+18% VAT + US $ 2.00 per room/ person / night. To facilitate hotel pre-check in, please send a copy of your passport to Scola (trademarkea@muthaiga.co.ke) if you haven’t done so already.

Dinner

Registered participants are invited to dinner on 28th February at the Infinity pool from 1800 hrs. Please carry your forum identification badge to facilitate access to the venue. Dress code - smart casual.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please alert Scola (trademarkea@muthaiga.co.ke) in advance.
Registration will be done at the Victoria Ball Room on 28th February 2018. Please ensure that you get your name registered at the desk outside the meeting room and collect your identity badge and conference materials during registration.
Kampala is generally hot in February and early March. Light clothing is generally recommended at this time of the year.
The Trade Development Forum will officially open at 0730hrs on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 and close at 1620 on Thursday, 1st March 2018.
Should you require assistance during the meeting, please contact:

1) Scola Kimori
Mobile No: +254718767713
For ticketing, accommodation and transfers

2) Cellestine Maraka
Mobile No: +254731768843
General information

EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday
February 28, 2018
Thursday
March 1, 2018
Time Activity
07.30 - 08.30 Registration of participants. Walkthrough the Wall of Trade/ EA Corridor; Live exhibitions
08.30 - 08.45 Conference facilitator announcements
08.45 –09.15

Address: Looking Back: TMEA’s Journey-partnership and performance 

Frank Matsaert -TMEA CEO

09.15 – 09.25 Video
09.25 – 09.40 Address: Host chair of TMEA’S National Oversight Committee, Ms Edith Mwanje, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of East African Community Affairs, Republic of Uganda 
09.40 – 10.30

PLENARY SESSION 1:  

Panel Discussion: ‘Achieving results through partnership’’- the experience of implementing country partners (experiences, results, lessons)

Moderator: Dorothy Tuma

Panellists:

  1. Uganda Revenue Authority
  2. Kenya Ports Authority
  3. Rwanda Standards Board
  4. Tanzania Private Sector Foundation
  5. Burundi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  6. South Sudan Women Entrepreneurs Association

10.30 – 11.00

TEA / COFFEE BREAK

11.00 - 11.30

PLENARY SESSION 2: Trade, Aid and the Future

Panellists:

1. Pete Vowles, Country Director, DFID, Kenya 
2. Deborah R. Malac, US Ambassador in Uganda  
3. Majbrit Holm Jakobsen, Deputy Ambassador of Denmark to Uganda 
4. Hajo Provo Kluit, Policy coordinator, Ministry of foreign affairs, Sustainable Economic Development Department, Kingdom of the Netherlands 
5. Dr. Gabriel Negatu, Director General, East Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office – African Development Bank  
6. Ramses Malaty, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland, Kenya  
7. Mr Attilio Pacifici, EU Ambassador to Uganda

Moderator: Rob Rudy, DFID 

Arrival of Chief Guest
11.30 – 11.45

Chief Guest enters the plenary hall and is ushered to seat

11.45 – 12.05
  • Conference Facilitator invites TMEA Board Chair
  • TMEA Board Chair welcomes Chief Guest and addresses the gathering (key achievements in TMEA Strategy 1 (2010-2017)
12.05 –12.30

Session Title: Looking forward: TMEA’s ambition to 2023–Growing jobs, boosting trade, reducing poverty:

  • TMEA CEO - TMEA’s ambition to 2023
12.30 – 12.40

TMEA awards presentation

12.40 – 12.50

Address by Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General, UNCTAD,

12.50 – 13.00

Address by Amb. Liberat Mfumekeko, Secretary General East African Community 

13.00 – 13.10

UK Government representative - Pete Vowles, Head of DFID, Kenya

13.10 – 13.20

Address by Ms Amelia Kyambadde, Minister for Trade, Industry & Cooperatives, Republic of Uganda. 

13.20 – 13.45

Official Speech by the Chief Guest, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of Uganda

 

Group photo

14.00 - 15.00 LUNCH
15.00 -15.30

PLENARY SESSION 1: Transport

Introduction: George Wolf

Speaker – Dr. Gabriel Negatu - Director General, East Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office – African Development Bank

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
15.30 - 16.45

Breakout Room: Albert

Session 1: Improving the performance of East Africa's trade logistics industry

Moderator: Abhishek Sharma

Panellists:

Ms. Merian Sebunya, Chair, Uganda Logistics Platform

Mr. Hussein Kiddedde, Graben 4PL & Chairperson Uganda Freight Forwarders Association (UFFA)

Mr. Benon Mwebaze Kajuna, Director of Transport, Ministry of Works & Transport

Breakout Room: Meera

Session 2: East African Ports: The Principal Gateways to International Trade

Moderator: Cpt Dieudonne Dukundane

Panellists:

Ally Ahmed Saburi – S.S. Bakhresa & Co Ltd. Grain importers and millers

Tejpar Mebs – CEO Freight Forwarders Kenya & Tanzania

Mr. Jared Zerb – Tanzania International Container Services –Brown Ondego (or Gichiri Ndua)– ex KPA CEO)

Eng Deusdedit Kakoko – DG Tanzania Ports Authority

Breakout Room: Sheena

Session 3: Rail Logistics: ImprovingHinterland Connectivity by Rail in E. Africa

Moderator: James Nganga

Panellists:

Principal Secretary, Ministry of Works & Transport, Uganda

Principal Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure, Kenya

Atanas K. Maina – MD Kenya Railways Corporation

Gilbert Langat, CEO, Shippers Council of East Africa

16.45 - 17.15

TEA / COFFEE BREAK

‘Wall of Trade/ EA Corridor’; Live exhibitions

18.00 - 20.00

DINNER



Time Activity
08.30 - 08.40 PLENARY: Recap of the previous day and organisation of day 2
08.45 - 09.30

PLENARY SESSION 1:TECHNOLOGY AND TRADE.

Moderator: Richard Kamajugo, Senior Director, Trade Environment, TMEA. 

1. Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Minister for ICT, Uganda
2. John Njiraini, Commissioner General, Kenya Revenue Authority
3. Jan Hoffman, UNCTAD
4. GOOGLE East Africa Representative

09.30 – 10.30 BREAKOUT SESSION 3
 

Breakout Room :Albert

e-Government for Trade

Moderator: Alban Odhiambo

Panellists:

  1. Ken Bagamuhunda, DG, Trade & Customs EAC 
  2. Dicksons Kateshumbwa, Commissioner of Customs, Uganda Revenue Authority 
  3. Patricia Ejalu, Deputy Executive Director, Uganda National Bureau of Standards
  4. NITA Uganda
  5. Julie Ejoto, Sales and Country representative, Uganda and South Sudan, Maersk Shipping
  6. William Musoni, Commissioner Customs, Rwanda Revenue Authority

Breakout Room 2 - Room : Meera

ICT for efficient & inclusive trade

Moderator: Patience Mutesi

Panellists:

  1. Lucy Mudaheranwa, Head of Business Development, Rwanda Revenue Authority 
  2. Susan Wanjohi, Manager, Projects, Kenya Revenue Authority
  3. Jennifer Mwijukye, Unifreight Logistics,
  4. Egid Mobofu, Director General, Tanzania Bureau of Standards
  5. Maximiliano Mendez Parra, ODI  
  6. Uganda Communications Commission 
  7. Jacqueline Musiitwa, Executive Director, Financial Sector Deepening

10.30 - 11.00 TEA / COFFEE BREAK

Wall of Trade/ EA Corridor; Live exhibitions

11.00 - 11.20

Address by Mr Pascal LAMY: Honorary President Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute and former
Director General, WTO – to be introduced by Frank Matsaert

11.20 - 12.30

PLENARY SESSION 3: Women and Trade

Title: Empowering Women Powering Trade: Lessons on what really works

Moderator: Lisa Karanja, Senior Director, Business Competitiveness, TMEA/Daniel Kalinaki, Journalist

Panellists:

  1. Hon Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade & Industry, Uganda 
  2. Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director ITC
  3. Hajo Provo Kluit – Policy coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sustainable Economic Development Department, Kingdom of the Netherlands
  4. Hellen Oriaro, International Development Officer, Embassy of Canada and TMEA Council;   
  5. Dickson Kateshumbwa, Commissioner of Customs, URA 
  6. Charles Ocici, Executive Director Enterprise Uganda
  7. Santa Joyce Laker, Women SME/Exporter
  8. Clare Kabakyenga, Regional Woman Cross Border Trader 
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.45 - 14.45

PLENARY SESSION 4: Export led industrialisation – A pathway to growth and jobs?

Room: Main Plenary

Moderator: Mark Priestley, Senior Director, TMEA

Panellists:

  • Minister Amelia, Minister for Trade and Industry
  • Helen Hai, CEO, Made in Africa Initiative
  • Emmanuel Hageteka, COO, Rwandan Development Board
  • Dominic McVey, Director Hela Garments Holding

PLENARY SESSION 5: New ways of funding trade development

Room: Albert

Moderator: David Stanton, Deputy CEO, TMEA

Panellists:

  • Annette Mutaawe, WTO/EIF
  • Clemens Calice, Lion’s
  • Paul Mullard – Senior Economic Adviser, DFID Uganda
  • Dr. Elly Twineyo Kamugisha – Executive Director, Uganda Export Promotion Board
  • Clemens Calice – Partner, Lion’s Head Global Partners

Recorder: Core planning team

14.50 – 15.10

Recap of the TDF sessions (Frank Matsaert)

Wrap up

15.10 – 15.20

Minister for Trade, Industry & Cooperatives (Uganda) officially closes the event

15.30

Guests depart

CONFERENCE VENUE

A 5 star resort in Kampala, Uganda offering the ultimate in luxury accommodation.

Speke Resort and Conference Centre

donors