WTO accession
1 January 1995
Per capita growth rate (%)
WB Ease of Doing Business rank
Share of international non-oil trade (%)
Value of non-oil goods traded (in US$ million)
Logistics performance Index (LPI)
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

Uganda undertook a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) Update which was validated in June 2013 (which updated the original DTIS of 2006).  

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

Starting in October 2009, Uganda began the implementation of their Tier 1 project, "the Second Trade Capacity Enhancement Project (TRACE II)".  Furthermore, the first EIF Tier 2 project was approved by the EIF Board in August 2011 with a focus on supporting District Commercial Officers (DCOs). Uganda is also working on other Tier 2 project proposals prepared by the NIU and in June 2013 validated an Update to the DTIS.

Main progresses to date

Outcome 1.  Sufficient institutional and management capacity built in EIF Countries to formulate and implement trade related strategies and implementation plans:

DTIS Update:   The update to Uganda's DTIS was validated in June 2013 following preparation by the World Bank. 

Trade Strategy:  Following the adoption of the first DTIS the Government of Uganda (with the coordination input from the IF originally and later the EIF Tier 1 and direct resources through wider AfT support leveraged through the Donor Facilitator) used the DTIS to prepare a National Trade Policy, and subsequent to this the National Trade Sector Development Plan (NTSDP) which effectively acts as a Medium-Term Programme (MTP).  Implementation of the NTSDP has primarily been through the mechanism of the Competitiveness and Investment Climate Strategy (CICS) formulated in 2011 as well as the National Export Strategy (2010-2015) implemented through the Uganda Export Promotion Board.  The project has also contributed to the formulation of related legislation including the Consumer Protection Bill; Anti Counterfeits Bill; Competition Policy; Trade Licensing Amendment Bill and the Regulations for the Hire Purchase Act.  Separately the National Standards Policy, the Sanitary and Phytosanitary policies have been developed through support from SIDA and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA).

National Implementation Arrangements: Uganda has an established set of official networks and institutions related to the EIF.

The CICS Steering Committee serves as a high level steering committee to oversee the CICS and related programmes including the EIF. 

At the operational level, a Management Committee including representatives from Government, Donors and the Private Sector is delegated authority to oversee the regular operations of the EIF projects (Tier 1 and the DICOSS project).

An Inter-Institutional Trade Committee (IITC) was approved by Cabinet in 2007 to assist in Trade Policy Formulation includes wide-reaching representation and reports to the CICS and the Trade Review Conference on an annual basis.

A technical committee that reports to the EIF Focal Point has been created including representation from the public and private sector with the specific aim to promote trade mainstreaming and implementation of the Action Matrix.  In the case of Uganda this committee is known locally as the National Implementation Unit (NIU).

A separate NIU in the form described by the EIF Compendium has been established in Uganda and locally is referred to as the national "EIF Secretariat".  This unit has been institutionally continued from the IF project.  


Outcome 2. EIF Countries mainstream trade into their national development strategies and plans:

A dedicated chapter on trade was included in the last National Development Plan, and input from the "EIF Secretariat" was received in the manner of consultative retreats and drafting of trade thematic papers for the consideration of the National Planning Authority.  This was assisted through the original Trace team and undertaken shortly before the Tier 1 project's operational start. 

A majority of districts have incorporated trade into their District Development Plans (demonstrating collaboration between the Tier 1 and Tier 2 implementation).

There have been advances in the mainstreaming into sectoral plans such as Agriculture, Customs, ICT and transport, however, this is an area requiring further emphasis.

Public-Private Dialogue takes place in various fora including through the CICS and related steering committees such as the IITC as well as at the highest level through the Presidential Investors Round Table (PIRT).  The Tier 1 project has been directly involved in private sector events such as Trade and Agriculture shows.


Outcome 3. Coordinated delivery of trade-related resources (funding, technical assistance, etc…) by donors and implementing agencies to implement country priorities following adoption of the DTIS Action Matrix

Uganda has an active Private Sector Donor Group (PSDG) that meets on a monthly basis.

The PSDG has recently undertaken a Donor Mapping Exercise

Government and Donor consultation on trade related matters take place in the CICS, the EIF Management Committee Meetings and IITC.

Uganda's DICOSS Tier 2 project provides a useful example of join donor initiatives, where the EIF project compliments EU and separately financed Government initiatives in different Districts.  Additionally, the CICS serves as a common committee to which related project management committees report.


Outcome 4. EIF Countries secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix Priorities


Following the 2006 DTIS Uganda prepared the NTSDP which essentially works as a medium-term plan.  This also includes implementation through the National Export Strategy.  The Government of Uganda is also guided by the CICS (now CICS II).

One EIF Trust Fund Tier 2 project is currently being implemented (DICOSS)

The MTIC periodically reviews the implementation of the measures from the 2006 DTIS.  The DTIS Update estimated that of the 150 relevant policy recommendations 94 had been taken forward and received high level attention.  Overall the Update estimated that approximately 50% of the 2006 DTIS was implemented, with higher rates of implementation in the productive sectors, infrastructure and some trade-related institutions.

A report on "Uganda's Experience with Aid for Trade: Approach, Processes, Implementation and Impact" has been produced which provides a useful overview of ongoing AfT interventions.


Tier 1 extension: The Tier 1 project is currently under the process of undergoing a full‑cost extension for a further two years of operations from mid-2013.

Tier 2 pipeline: Uganda currently has a number of Tier 2 proposals in various stages of development, including a silk sector project; an integrated project in the Karamoja region through sustainable production and trade in aloe, gum arabic and the honey value chain; as well as a project on tourism (with the Hotel and Tourism Training Institute).

Sector dialogue: Planning has begun for a possible Tourism-Trade-Industry Sector Working Group.

Planning: Drafting of the next National Development Plan will start, and the National Trade Sector Development Plan 2008/09-2012/13 (NTSDP) will expire.

Outcome 1: Sufficient Institutional and management capacity built in EIF countries to formulate and implement Trade related strategies & implementation plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O1.1 Tier 1 ' Support to NIAs' project completed or under implementationYesYes
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesYesYes
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 project22
O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategiesYesYes
O1.5 Country with quality trade strategy11
O1.6 Country with quality trade strategy implemented22
Outcome 2: EIF countries mainstream trade into their national development strategies and plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O2.1 Trade in PRSP and/or National development strategiesN/A2
O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimensionYesYes
O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanism11
Outcome 3: Coordinated delivery of trade related resources (funding, TA etc.) by donors & implementing agencies to implement country priorities following adoption of DTIS Action Matrix
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O3.1 Availability of an annual rolling implementation overview integrating all trade-related government & donor-supported activities (including gender & environment)YesYes
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related matters32
O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF CountriesNoNo
O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)YesYes
Outcome 4: EIF Countries secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix priorities
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O4.1 Country with implementation plan integrating DTIS/Action Matrix priorities and indicating financing needs to be met through ODA11
O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategyYesYes
O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix09
O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)01500

Trade has featured more prominently in development plans, with the DTIS providing inputs in shaping policies for the National Trade Policy (August 2007), the National Trade Sector Development Plan (2008/9-2012/13) and the National Development Plan (2010/11-2014/15). Trade education has also been included in the curriculum of institutions to ensure human capacity development, with plans to upgrade skills in the tourism sector and link up industry to the labour force. 

The DTIS helped to kick-start the dialogue and support for pro-trade policy changes, institutional progress and coordination of development assistance to agreed priority areas, and as a result, since its validation in 2006, exports have grown at nearly 13% per year and the trade ratio as a share of GDP has risen from 39% to 58%, powering growth in the economy.

25 districts nationwide are being networked as part of the EIF Tier 2 project on providing decentralized business services to rural clients, including farmers, producers, businessmen, cooperatives, local tourism agencies and SMEs. The project has direct linkages to plans in the pipeline on supporting the hotel, tourism and hospitality sector by empowering the District Commercial Officers to facilitate and coordinate tourism benefits for local communities.

The Government has shown a strong commitment to sustain this agenda by supporting an additional 15 districts and is set to increase its annual support to new districts in order to provide the majority of the population at grassroots level with market information, linking the farmers to producers and the producers to the market.

DTIS Update

Starting date / End date
Approved Budget
Board Approval Date
Expenditure Reported
MOU Approval Date
MOU Expiry Date

NIA Support (T1 Phase 1 and 2)

Starting date / End date
Approved Budget
Board Approval Date
Expenditure Reported
MOU Approval Date
MOU Expiry Date

District Commercial Services Support Project (DICOSS)

Starting date / End date
Approved Budget
Board Approval Date
Expenditure Reported
MOU Approval Date
MOU Expiry Date
Posted: 11/02/2014

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Year 2013

Posted: 11/02/2014

Focal Point

H.E.Mr. Julius B. ONEN
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives
Plot 6/8, Parliamentary Avenue P.O. Box 7103 Kampala
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: -

NIU Coordinator

Mrs. Elizabeth TAMALE
Internal Trade Department, Assistant Commissioner
Ministry of Trade
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 752995663


Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives
3-6 Parliament Avenue, Suite 513, Farmers House, P.O. Box 7103
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: n/a

NSC Co-Chair

Secretary to the Treasury
Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: -

Donor Facilitator

Delegation of the EU to Uganda
European Union
15th Floor Crested Towers, PO Box 5244
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 312 701000

UNDP Contact

Mr. Wilson KWAMYA
Assistant Resident Representative
Plot 11 Yusuf Lule Road, Nakasero, P.O Box 7184
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 772 744 186
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