Uganda’s Key Statistics

  • Population (2016): 41.49 million (World Bank)
  • Area: 241,551 square km (slightly smaller than Oregon) (Government of Uganda)
  • Exchange rate (February 2018): $1 = UGX 3,630 (xe.com)
  • GDP (2016): $24.079 billion (World Bank)
  • GDP growth rate (2017): 4.4% (IMF)
  • GDP growth rate (2018 projected): 5.2% (IMF)
  • GDP per Capita (2016): US$ 580 (World Bank)
  • Transparency International Rank (2016): 151 out of 176 (Transparency International)
  • Uganda Doing Business Rank (2017): 122 out of 190 (World Bank)
  • Percent of Ugandans employed in Agriculture (2013): 72 percent (Uganda Bureau of Statistics – 2017 Abstract)
  • Uganda unemployment rate (2013): 9.4 (Uganda Bureau of Statistics – 2017 Abstract)
    • Note from 2017 Abstract: “Due to the agrarian nature of Uganda’s economy, the low rates of unemployment are expected. The population outside the formal labor force are forced to engage in some kind of work even for a few hours and at low wages. Therefore the unemployment rate derived using the international definition does not provide a real picture of the supply-demand imbalance of the labor market and adequately reflect the degree of inefficiency that prevails in the labor market.”

Uganda Trade Data:

Top export markets for Uganda (2015): (World Bank – WITS)

  • Uganda exports to Kenya:  $427 million (18.84 percent of exports)
  • Uganda exports to South Sudan:  $265 million (11.69 percent of exports)
  • Uganda exports to Rwanda: $238 million (10.48 percent of exports)
  • Uganda exports to Democratic Republic of Congo: $153 million (6.73 percent)

Top import markets for Uganda (2015): (World Bank – WITS)

    • Uganda imports from India: $1.15 billion (20.87 percent of imports)
    • Uganda imports from China: $875 million (15.83 percent of imports)
    • Uganda imports from Kenya: $555 million (10.03 percent of imports)
    • Uganda imports from United Arab Emirates: $406 million (7.34 percent of imports)
    • Uganda imports from Japan: $347 million (6.27 percent of imports)

U.S exports to Uganda (2016): $69 million (USTR)

Uganda Exports to U.S. (2016): $51 million (USTR)

U.S. – Uganda Trade Information: http://tse.export.gov/tse/MapDisplay.aspx