Getting Started

Getting Started

With a young and rapidly growing population, extremely productive agricultural lands, a nascent oil sector, and a strategic location in the heart of East and Central Africa, Uganda offers great economic potential.

The Economic and Commercial Section at the U.S. Mission in Kampala offers a number of commercial services that aim to promote American trade and investment interests, encourage U.S. exports, and level the playing field for all businesses by advocating for open markets, free trade, and predictability and transparency in the regulatory environment. We draw on our extensive networks of business contacts and local knowledge to conduct partner searches, perform company profiles and carry out other commercial services upon request by U.S. firms. The Embassy is eager to assist Ugandan businesses and individuals seeking to identify U.S. suppliers of goods and services to promote bilateral trade.

If you’re interested in doing business in Uganda, these reports can help get you started:

  • Uganda: 2016 Country Commercial Guide: A Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies: Provides a comprehensive overview of doing business in Uganda, and includes a wide range of information on the Ugandan investment climate, sectors of opportunity, regulatory developments, and statistics on the Ugandan economy.
  • 2016 Investment Climate Statements for Uganda: Helps guide investors looking at opportunities in Uganda.

The U.S. Government provides a range of commercial services for businesses operating in Africa.

  • Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses planning their international sales strategies and hosts information on the National Export Initiative.
  • Export Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank’s mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency with specialized experience in trade issues. USTR negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, resolve disputes, and participate in global trade policy organizations.
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It advances U.S. foreign policy by mobilizing private capital to help solve critical world challenges.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides support to U.S. small businesses and small business owners across the nation through capital (loans), access to federal contracts, and counseling.
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities — such as feasibility studies, training and reverse trade missions — while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.
  • USAID conducts competition for contracts, grants and cooperative agreements to find qualified implementing partners for USAID/Uganda’s development assistance programs. An implementing partner can be a U.S. or local non-governmental organization (NGO), commercial organization, an individual, or a public international organization. For more information about upcoming acquisition and assistance opportunities, please visit the fedbizopps website for acquisition opportunities, the grants website for assistance opportunities, or the USAID Uganda website for more information.

American Chamber of Commerce in Uganda

American Chamber of Commerce in Uganda: This non-profit offers membership to American companies, multinationals, and local companies with strong business ties with the United States.

Trade Agreements

Uganda is eligible for duty free preferences available through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

The U.S. has Trade & Investment Framework Agreements (TIFA) with the East African Community (EAC) and with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Uganda is a member of both regional organizations.

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) – Agreement between the U.S. government and the Common Market For Eastern And Southern Africa Concerning the Development of Trade and Investment Relations.
East African Community (EAC) – Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between the East African Community and the U.S. government.

Key Government of Uganda Economic and Business websites

Uganda Investment Authority
Uganda Revenue Authority
Uganda Export Promotion Board
Ministry of Trade, Cooperatives and Industry
Ministry of Finance
Bank of Uganda
Uganda Bureau of Standards
Uganda Bureau of Statistics

Business Visas

To apply for an e-visa for travel to Uganda, please go to: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/.
For information on obtaining a visa to visit Uganda, please click here.

Travel Advisories
Make sure to check the current State Department Travel Advisory for Uganda.

Contact us

Embassy phone: (256) 414 306001
Embassy fax: (256) 414 259794
Email: CommercialKampala@state.gov