The signing of the memorandum of understanding between trade ministry and TradeMark East Africa to develop the trade information portal
Yoram Atuhamize, the managing director of Jora Shoes Company, is one of the entrepreneurs who attended the trade sector review meeting in Kampala recently. During the meeting, Atuhamize learnt of the trade information portal, an information-sharing platform.
Prior to the meeting, Atuhamize, whose company makes between 30 and 60 pairs of shoes daily, was looking for ways to explore other markets, but he did not have any clue of where to start from.
“I was looking for a way through which I can export my products, but now I have found the answer on the trade information portal,” he said.
Atuhamize describes learning about the portal as better than being given cash handouts. “Giving me information that is helpful to my business is better than giving me sh100m,” he says.
Like Atuhamize, there are several other people producing commodities that they would like to export to other countries but have no clue where to start from and the procedures involved. This has compromised expansion of their businesses.
However, the woes of producers and traders in Atuhamize’s situation could soon be history following the development of the Trade Information Portal by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives.
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