Who we are
Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) is the national focal point for export promotion and development. It is a Trade and Business Support Institution but with focus on exports. It is one of the several agencies under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, falling directly under the External Trade Department. UEPB, fundamentally, implements government plans, strategies and actions related to export development and promotion including providing export market information; business counseling and guidance services; supporting export enterprise development; supporting market and product development; offering guidance and support on market entry and access which includes the key role of issuance and monitoring usage of Preferential Certificates of Origin; product promotion in identified potential markets; plus support export-related policy development processes.
Uganda Export Promotion Board is a public trade promotion organization (TPO) supervised by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC). It was established by a Statute of Parliament, UEPB Statute No. 2 of 1996, which repealed the Uganda Export Promotion Council (UEPC) Act No. 7 of 1983. The 1983 Act had previously repealed Parliamentary Act 17 of 1969 which established the first Uganda Export Promotion Council.
Functions of UEPB
The Board was set up to serve five primary functions:
- To provide trade and market information services (details of tariffs for all markets by product category, general market entry information, lists of importers by country and product category, price data, analyses of market trends, import and export procedures and documentation requirements, trade flows by products and trade partners, and market information dissemination)
- To promote the development of exports (including provision of technical advice in production and post-harvest handling, and test marketing new exports)
- To provide trade promotional services (including organizing, coordinating and participating in trade fairs, and organizing both inward and outward trade missions aimed at fostering export growth)
- To provide customized advisory services such as basic business skills, export distribution channels, foreign trade practice, trade preferences available to Uganda, pre-shipment credit and other trade financing, and export
- To formulate and recommend to Government export plans, policies and strategies
The institution is made up of three(3) functional divisions
- Finance and Administration Division
- Trade Information Division
- Export Market and Product Development Division