The Builders Show is back

The exhibition is expected to attract 100 international exhibitors to promote their businesses

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | After a two-year absence due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Uganda Manufactures Association is in high gear to welcome industry players from around the world for the 28and Fair trade.

This year’s show will run from October 3-10 under the theme “Resuming Business by Harnessing Local Sourcing and Deepening Value Chain Integration” and will be held at the UMA Show Grounds in Lugogo, Kampala.

“We are ready to welcome all makers and spectators and would like to urge everyone to participate,” WBU Board Chairman Deo Kayemba told reporters May 04 in Kampala.

The Uganda International Trade Fair is one of the biggest events on the national calendar which has grown tremendously over the past 27 years, attracting local and international manufacturers, traders and distributors from almost every industry. activity with an average of 300,000 visitors.

Kayemba said the public awareness of exhibitors resulting from their participation has resulted in the growth of many brands and businesses that started as start-ups at the show and now enjoy national, regional and international brand recognition.

He cited East African Roofing Systems, Riham, Mayondo, Bella Wine, Mesha Steel as those who have grown from this annual fair.

In line with the theme, the show will highlight industrialists who, although deeply affected by the economic crisis, have played a particular and essential role in the response and recovery from Covid-19, said Daniel Birungi, the executive director of WBU.

“This theme is coupled with a call for government and the general public to support local businesses as catalysts for full economic recovery,” Birungi added.

The event is helpful in bringing the business back to consumer interaction segments and the unique Ugandan tradition of experiencing the product before purchase.

Executives said this year’s fair is expected to attract a total of 100 international exhibitors out of a planned total of 1,000; twenty country pavilions, and 250,000 show guests.

The main objective is to promote locally made products, provide a platform for brand exposure and connection to consumers, contribute to business activities and investment promotion in Uganda.

“Trade fairs are a means by which we can develop Uganda’s industrial capacity, thereby creating jobs and broadening the government’s revenue base,” Birungi said.

The event will also provide a platform to compare locally produced products with imported ones, in order to improve the quality of our local products. It will also create opportunities for exhibitors to acquire spontaneous orders which they can negotiate and settle in real time to increase their turnover.

Other expectations

The expected foreign exhibitor pavilions are from many countries, including Italy, Turkey, China, Egypt, Thailand, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Sudan, DRC, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Kingdom of Bahrain, Senegal, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Iran, Korea South and Ethiopia.

Key sectors will be showcased including construction, chemicals and paints, food and beverages, packaging materials, plastics, healthcare, confectionery, ICT, alcohol, spirits, personal care, logistics and transportation, stationery, academia, automotive, furniture, leather goods manufacturers, fast moving consumer goods, exporters and more.

Meanwhile, Birungi said, in addition for this year, they intend to partner with the Dutch Embassy in Kampala to improve their section dedicated to agriculture and agro- industry as manufacturing cannot be alienated from agriculture as Uganda is predominantly agricultural with agribusinesses. Industries.

The organizers are also expecting a wide range of new products including locally manufactured electric cars, motorcycles, (we are organizing a demo to highlight this innovation); the process of making steel from iron ore mining in Uganda; innovations supported by laboratory corn threshers, medical diagnostic tools, masks, disinfectants, rechargeable batteries, electricity meters

and much more, transformers made in Uganda, unique plastic chairs, high

quality mattresses, new irrigation systems and more.

The Ugandan government has invested substantial resources in establishing industrial zones or parks and has offered incentives to investors in different parts of the country to broadly promote the growth of the manufacturing sector. According to data from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics for the financial year 2020/21, the manufacturing sector contributes about 17% to the national GDP.


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