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Trade Minister Kyambadde Differentiates Shopping Malls from Arcades as Phased Re-opening Continues

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde has unveiled strict conditions to allow the gradual opening of the Ugandan economy.

Alluding to a statement issued yesterday, occupants within the premises of a general merchandise shop are mandated to observe a social distance of 2 meters. Also, the facility must have handwashing facilities, and operators are urged to serve one masked customer at a time.

It is understood that on Monday, a section of the general public was left befuddled after shopping malls, unlike arcades, were given a leeway to resume operations by President Yoweri Museveni.

To avoid instilling confusion, Amelia stressed the differences between shopping malls and arcades across.

In her statement, she states that shopping malls by design have spacious parking yards, two major entrances, and an emergency exit.

Other than that, Amelia says that shopping malls comprise other elite businesses such as banks, supermarkets, bookstores, and pharmacies among others. On the other hand, arcades consist of general merchandise shops and are congested with luggage carriers most often.

A case in point, Amelia says that shopping malls in Kampala include the likes of Acacia, Shoprite (Lugogo), Kingdom Kampala, Forest Mall, Metroplex, and Village Malls to mention but a few.

Arcades include among others; Nalubwama, Nabukeera, Ggaliraya, Kizito, Energy, Qualicell, Mutaasa Kafeero, and Arua Park Arcade.

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At the moment, Amelia retorts that six companies so far have been certified by Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to start manufacturing masks in light of the mandatory wearing of masks while in public.

“These companies are; Lida packaging products limited, Southern Range Nyanza Textile, Ever Green Safaris Limited, Jude Color Solutions, Winfred Fashion Designers and Fine Spinners Limited,” she alludes.

All in all, Amelia says Government has played its part in ensuring that crucial industries remain afloat despite registering a USD 7 million slump in exports between March and April 2020.

In the same vein, exports decreased by USD 167 million from USD 565 Million in March 2020.

 

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