UGANDA FREIGHT FORWARDERS ASSOCIATION (UFFA) in partnership with the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP), Ministry of Works & Transport are organizing the inaugural Regional Logistics EXPO2017 schedule t o take place from the 25th - 27th April 2017 at Kampala Serena Hotel under the theme “Transforming Uganda into a Regional Logistics Hub- What is your role?”.

The Regional Logistics Expo 2017 will include a cocktail of exciting activities such as a three day conference including motivational speeches and presentations from renowned global speakers & experts in the sector, government officials, development partners, industry players from within the region and globally, a transport, logistics &am; relevant suppliers exhibition, media engagements, networking events, Business to Business Engagement among others. The event shall offer a unique opportunity to share best practice in trade and policy, engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, and define roles and responsibilities in the development process to facilitate a competitive environment for the development of a logistics hub in Uganda.

    Why the Regional Logistics EXPO2017?

  • Positioning Uganda as a Regional Logistics Hub has been identified as a key national development strategy of the country’s Vision 2040. Uganda’s strategic location in the Great Lakes region has led to an increase in the volumes of transit cargo. With the right policy choices, the rise in intra-regional trade in the EAC and a capacitated Private sector, Uganda could leverage its central geographical location to serve as a hub for logistics in general and distribution in particular.
  • As the backbone of the economy, responsible for flow and storage of goods and materials from point of origin to point of consumption, the logistics sector itself needs to become efficient and effective for Uganda to achieve its productivity goals, the logistics sector itself needs to become efficient and effective.
  • It is important to take a regional perspective when assessing the current state of Uganda’s transport and logistics sector. Uganda’s membership to the EAC presents both challenges and opportunities. The EAC presents Ugandan logistics providers with a large potential market but also increases competition for the provision of domestic logistics services. Currently the benefits to Uganda of improving logistics services are potentially very significant- both in terms of improved productivity and employment generation.
  • An economy with an efficient Transport Logistics Sector means investors can receive world class services from the public and private sector and in turn improve economic growth, while creating a dynamic economy to generate jobs at an accelerated pace. An estimated 208,000 people are currently employed in the logistics sector in Uganda and this has the potential to increase to an estimated 522,000 by 2030. 1 1 The World Bank report, “Human Resource Needs and Skills Development of the Green Transport and Logistics Sector in Uganda,” March 2016.
  • While Uganda is striving to improve trade logistics, it also need to ensure that it implements a mechanism that promotes dialogue amongst the multitudes of players involved in the logistics sector.

What to expect from the Regional Logistics EXPO2017?

  • The Exhibition:The exhibition will show case the available capacities in the sector within Uganda. It will also be an opportunity for the public and private sector, development partner and civil society to engage in a rich dialogue for a united purpose.
  • The Logistics Conference:A two-day logistics Conference will be held, where we shall give an opportunity for the Government to present all the projects in the pipelines. This is aimed at promoting better diagnosis of investment climate problems and design of policy reforms. Governments that listen to the constraints of the private sector are more likely to devise sensible prioritization plans and workable reforms. This, in turn, can encourage investors to take a longer view and cooperate with laws and regulations more so, without private sector engagement in development of logistics and the place for Uganda in the regional logistic landscape, it would be difficult to formulate what drives Uganda’s potential as a hub and optimal policy to attract investment in the sector. There is a real danger that Uganda and its logistics service industries will lag behind and stay only a market for large regional firms without such interventions.
  • The Oil &Gas Convention:The economy developments in the Oil and Gas Industry will have significant implications for the transport and logistics sector in Uganda. In fact, the Oil & Gas Industry is projected to be the biggest user for the Transport and Logistics Services. More so, we cannot ignore the high standards of services required by the Oil & Gas Industry. It is therefore not accidental that the logistics sector has chosen to partner with the Oil & Gas Industry for the inaugural Logistics Expo in Uganda. This industry is known to operate within high standards. It therefore goes without saying that a failure to develop the capacity, productivity and capabilities of the logistics industry will compromise the successes which can be achieved in the Oil & Gas Industry and the same with the other industry sectors. It is very important that Uganda considers the development of its transport and logistics sector within the context of the proposed growth in other industry sectors. With this in mind it was strategic to include discussions of the developments in the sector as an activity during the inaugural Regional Logistics Expo. If the Transport and Logistics Sector can benchmark their preparedness with the needs of the Oil & Gas Industry, then the development into a Regional Logistics hub is achievable.
  • Other Planned activitiesThese include networking cocktails, break away session engineered to discuss financing opportunities in the sector, insurance policies and human resource and skills development opportunities.

Objectives of the Regional Logistics EXPO2017 shall be;

  • To discuss and understand the current transport and logistics sector in Uganda, the opportunities and challenges tocompetitively trade in the region.
  • To provide a forum for the development of a hub master plan, identify investment opportunities and sources of funding to finance the hub initiative.
  • To disseminate information on ongoing development projects and initiatives by relevant stakeholders for the logistics and transport sector
  • To facilitate UFFA’s role as the lead private sector logistics association in partnership with Government towards the implementation and transformation of Uganda into a