Uganda Country Programme

The BioTrade Programme in Uganda (BTIU) was initiated through a bilateral understanding between UNCTAD and the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry (MTTI) in 2003. The BTIU is the first national programme of the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative to be launched in Africa.

After an assessment of the country's potential in relation to BioTrade, four sectors were selected to be promoted and supported by BioTrade Initiative Uganda: a) Natural ingredients; b) wild-life trade; c) eco-tourism; d) carbon trade. This assessment was the basis for launching the BTIU in 2005 aimed "to facilitate and promote trade in biological goods and services for employment creation, increased trade and to contribute to poverty alleviation and the sustainable use of Uganda's natural resources".

The BTIU is implemented under the Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) and responds to the country export diversification strategy and integration of trade into environment conservation. The Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) aims to facilitate the development, diversification, promotion and coordination of all export related activities that lead to export growth on a sustainable basis.

Since its establishment, the BTIU has been working with the MTTI (as a policy focal point), Uganda Integrated Programme (funded by Norway), as well as with technical agencies such as the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Eco-Trust. Activities have also been developed jointly with UNCTAD BioTrade, the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), the Global Mechanisms, among others.

To date the Programme focuses its efforts on the following sectors:

  • Natural ingredients for food, cosmetics and pharmaceutics
  • Ecotourism o Wildlife

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