Uganda is one of the countries that notified the World Trade Organisation WTO about the intention to ratify the Trade Facilitation Agreement TFA and has been putting in place measures to ease trade in the region and beyond under the East African Community.
Early this year, the Kampala Minister, Betti Kamya issued a trade order, which saw Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA evicting hundreds of street vendors and pushed them into Usafi and Wandegeya markets.
Prossy Mbabazi, the Rubanda Woman Member of Parliament, claimed that foreign traders have displaced Ugandans from shops since can they pay rent in dollars. She says although they employ Ugandans, there is massive exploitation of Ugandan workers who need to be protected.
The activists say the reduction in funding will greatly affect the ministry and its agencies like Uganda Export Promotion Board, Uganda National Bureau of Standards, and Uganda Industrial Research Institute, among others.
Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Services Spokesperson, says they intend to use Shillings 9 billion for the cotton infrastructural development such as stores, buying machinery, seeds and wards for the inmates who will be involved in cotton growing.
Bert Hofhuis, the lift transport advisor with Trademark East Africa, says the central corridor operates less than 50 percent of its capacity although it has distinct possibilities of running large volumes of containers and general freights to Mwanza among others.
As a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting of trade ministers in Bali, Indonesia, concluded last week, it was agreed that developing countries could export cotton, quota free, to developed countries. Amelia Kyambadde, Ugandaâ€™s Trade Minister, at a media briefing on Thursday noted that during the highly charged talks, previous limitations placed on cotton imports were agreed to be lifted and that Uganda would be one of the beneficiaries.