About Uganda

Kampala is Uganda's national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers. In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country's tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artefacts. On nearby Mengo Hill is Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom.
With a young and rapidly growing population, extremely productive agricultural lands, a nascent oil sector, and a strategic location in the heart of East and Central Africa, Uganda offers great economic potential. The Economic and Commercial Section at the U.S. Mission in Kampala offers a number of commercial services that aim to promote American trade and investment interests, encourage U.S. exports, and level the playing field for all businesses by advocating for open markets, free trade, and predictability and transparency in the regulatory environment. We draw on our extensive networks of business contacts and local knowledge to conduct partner searches, perform company profiles and carry out other commercial services upon request by U.S. firms. The Embassy is eager to assist Ugandan businesses and individuals seeking to identify U.S. suppliers of goods and services to promote bilateral trade.
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Economy and Infrastructure

The economy of Uganda has great potential and appeared poised for rapid economic growth and development. Uganda is endowed with significant natural resources, including ample fertile land, regular rainfall, and mineral deposits. Chronic political instability and erratic economic management since the implementation of self-rule has produced a record of persistent economic decline that has left Uganda among the world's poorest and least-developed countries.The informal economy, which is predominantly female, is broadly defined as a group of vulnerable individuals without protections in regards to their work.Women face a plethora of barriers specific to gender when attempting to access the formal economy of Uganda, and research showing prejudice against lending to women in the informal sector. The national energy needs have historically been more than domestic energy generation, though large petroleum reserves have been found in the country's west.


Population

45,741,007 people; Kampala (22%); Gulu (14%); Lira (13%); Mbarara (12%); Jinja (11%) Annual growth rate: 1.15% Major languages are English; Kiswahili; Maasai Religions: Protestant (38%); Catholic (28%); indigenous beliefs (26%)


Resources and industry

Natural resources: gold; limestone; soda ash; salt barites; rubies; fluorspar; garnets; wildlife; hydropower Agriculture: coffee; tea; corn; wheat; sugarcane; fruit; vegetables; livestock and dairy products Industry: small-scale consumer goods; agricultural processing; oil refining; cement; tourism Exports: $1.8 billion Imports: $3.1 billionctions


Communication and transportation

310,000 main telephone lines 400,000 Internet users (2002) 38,198 miles of highway 1,654 miles of railroad 231 airfields 357,000 motor vehicles

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