The 21st Uganda International Trade Fair
Kenya participated at the 21st Uganda International Trade Fair (UGITF) held from 2nd to 10th October 2013 at the UMA Show Grounds, Lugogo.  This is an annual event which commenced in 1992 and to-date annual Exhibitions have been held
The show is organized by the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA). Kenya's participation at the Fair was co-ordinated by the Export Promotion Council, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism and Kenya High Commission in Kampala in collaboration with the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

In the year 2013 the show attracted 1,205 Exhibitors from 22 countries from Europe, Africa, Middle East, Far East and Asia showcasing various products and services. The number of recorded show visitors was 178,623.

The country’s overall objectives of participation at the event were to consolidate Kenya’s market share and presence in the Ugandan market, reinforce achievements in the past market development activities and take advantage of the EAC customs union which came into effect in 2005. This was an opportunity to take advantage of business opportunities presented and give practical support to the EAC common market that took effect on July 1st, 2010 providing for free movement of the factors of production. The theme for participation in this session of the fair was “UGITF 2013: Accelerating Trade and Industrial Growth”.

Fifteen (15) Kenyan companies participated at the Fair within the Kenyan Pavilion. The products and services displayed by the Kenyan firms included food and beverages, construction and Services, Education and Promotion of Standards & Quality Marks. In addition, there were several other Kenyan Jua Kali firms that participated privately.
The trade fair was officially opened by the Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi on 4th October, 2013.

During the official opening of the show, the Kenya Pavilion was declared the Best Country Exhibitor among over 22 participating countries. All Kenyan participating companies received the participation certificates. A Kenyan company, exhibiting within the Kenya Pavilion, Brookside Dairy Ltd, was also awarded 1st prize for the Best Foreign Exhibitor.

A number of Kenyan companies seized the opportunity to test-market their products by sampling Dairy products from Brookside Dairy Ltd., ready to drink products from Kevian Kenya Ltd. and Juices, Squashes and Sauces from Premier Food Industries Ltd. to gauge the market reaction and acceptance.

The pavilion was managed by Mr. Peterson Nyachwaya, Manager, Product Development and assisted by Messrs Solomon Naiguta and Meshack Koima.  The Kenya High Commission in Kampala also facilitated Kenya’s participation led by The High Commissioner, H.E. Ambassador, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Geoffrey Okanga and the Deputy High Commissioner, Ambassador Mr. Boniface Muhia.

The Kenya Pavilion was also attended by the EPC Chairman, Mr. Hudson Aluvanze. He immensely thanked the EPC team for the excellent work done by emerging the Best Country and winning the coveted trophy.

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