The construction of the Busia Border Export Zone site has today August 12, 2020, been launched at a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon Amelia Kyambadde.
The export zone site, upon completion, is projected to facilitate exportation and importation of goods in Uganda and across the various neighbouring countries.
Hon. Kyambadde said that the Busia border zone will facilitate and ease exportation, importation and the transit of goods to and from Uganda, and other East and Central African countries.
It should be noted that in recognition of the trade growth potential, the NRM Manifesto underscored the need for the establishment of Border Export Zone Sites which were later prioritized in the National Development Plan II and the National Trade Policy 2008.
This was to promote regional trade through increased and faster cross border flow of export goods and services, promotion of value addition and strategic positioning of Ugandan made products, improved capacity of cross border trade through increased compliance to standards and other regional requirements.
The Busia border export zone site is among the 5 export zones that are estimated to cost a total of Shs 400Bn as per the project plan.
Hon Kyambadde also took part in the environmental conservation tree planting ceremony during the event.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, Hon Werikhe launched the construction of the long awaited central market at Lwakhakha boarder export zone. This was intended to increase the market’s export base in the region but also enable Uganda benefit from its strategic link within the region.
The site is over 89.3 acres and will house structures like storage facilities, parking yards, various offices, clearing and forwarding station and a health unit.
The Busia export zone and Katuna sites will have a warehouse and related facilities at Oraba and a Flood Mitigation Plan is being developed at Elegu.
“I would like to thank the leadership of Busia District Local Government, and all other Local Governments that have allocated land to my Ministry for the establishment of the Border Export Zones such as Elegu, Oraba, Katuna, Mpondwe, Bunagana and Lwakhakha,” Hon Kyambadde said.