The first of its kind, the South Sudan - Uganda Business Forum will be an interactive event that will engage both the public and private sectors of both countries through open discussion, information sharing and working sessions. The Forum will serve as a platform to explore new business opportunities and to address the challenges that affect trade and investment between Uganda and South Sudan in key sectors including Security, Energy and Mining, Agriculture, Education, Tourism, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Construction and ProfessionalServices.
The Forum will be held over two days, with 200 delegates expected to attend the symposium in person in Juba, while other participants from the region, the rest of Africa and the world, will follow the discussions via Livestream, through the forum online portal.
Greetings from the Uganda Embassy in Juba. The Embassy in collaboration with the South Sudan Embassy in Kampala, supported by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda, and the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Uganda and South Sudan, is proud to be organizing the first-ever South Sudan - Uganda Joint Business Forum and Exhibition.
The Republics of Uganda and South Sudan share strong historical ties, enjoy vibrant diplomatic relations, and flourishing trade. Both countries are member countries of the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). In addition, both countries are governed by two Liberation Movements that resulted from resistance struggles against bad leadership; with common ideals that focus on the promotion of peace, freedom and prosperity.
Before the war in 2013, Uganda's exports to South Sudan were approaching USD1Bn, but today Uganda's exports to South Sudan are between USD350m and
USD400m, while South Sudan's exports to Uganda are approximately USD80m - USD100m. Now that peace has returned to South Sudan, I encourage our people to embrace new prospects that will expand our bilateral trade and investment.
This Business Forum is a platform organised to enable the Private Sector in Uganda and South Sudan to meet, network, examine challenges and identify opportunities to expand their businesses and make joint ventures in key sectors and services including Industry, ICT, Agriculture, Minerals, Oil and Gas, Infrastructure, Education, Healthcare and Financial Services.
I look forward to welcoming you in Juba and wish you a successful and productive Business Forum.
H.E Brig. Gen. Ronnie Balya 'ndc'
Ambassador of Uganda to the Republic of South Sudan.
To create an enabling platform that allows the South Sudan - Uganda public and private sectors to discuss business challenges, identify opportunities, share experiences and create business-to-business networks.
Bring private sector issues of concern, before officials, policymakers and decision-makers from Uganda and South Sudan Governments.
With delegates across several sectors, and explore strategic partnerships and joint ventures
New business and investment opportunities for your organisation in sector-specific sessions
Products and services at the Business Exhibition, and make direct sales
Set up private meetings with identified partners and investors with counterparts in areas of common business interest
Concrete interventions and solutions that will promote trade and investment between Uganda and South Sudan
From sector experts in various thematic areas, including the legal and regulatory policies in Uganda and South Sudan
Trade and investment concerns and challenges with high-profile government officials, on hand, to respond
The Forum will feature:
Speakers and panellists will include private sector business leaders, technical experts, academia, donors and senior Uganda and South Sudan Officials, with informative and relevant discussions on 4 Key Sectors:
- Challenges of Doing Business
- Bilateral Trade and Infrastructure
- Finance and Investment
Each panel discussion will conclude with an open floor question and answer session to engage the audience.
A cross-section of speakers from the private sector and Government will make detailed presentations on contemporary topics that focus on how best to exploit investment opportunities and overcome bottlenecks to bilateral trade between Uganda and South Sudan. These will include presentations on:
- Security for Business: Ensuring a Safe Environment for Business
- Invest in Uganda: An Attractive Investment Destination
- Invest in South Sudan
- Economic Integration in The East African Community
- Visit Uganda: The Pearl of Africa
Business to Business (B2B) Meeting Rooms and Sessions
B2B meetings are designed for Forum Participants to meet the right people,
build connections and generate real prospects for new clients and partnerships. Visit and interact in the sector-designated Community rooms prior to the Business Forum, to maximize the impact of your participation in the Forum and to increase your chances of making high-quality business connections.
Business to Government (B2G) Meeting Rooms and Sessions
B2G meetings will give the private sector opportunity to interact directly with approved government representatives on specific business and investor queries in relation to the key development sectors for Uganda and South Sudan.
The following are the Economic Sectors for B2G meetings :
4. Infrastructure (Road, Rail, Border Posts, Logistics Hubs and Airports)
5. Investment Agencies & Public-Private Partnership (PPP)
6. Minerals, Oil and Gas
7. Free and Special Economic Zones
For registered companies from South Sudan and Uganda to showcase their capabilities, products and services at an exhibition fee of USD 300, payable online at the event website. Visit the Exhibition page to register and view Exhibiting companies.
Beijing Juba Hotel
Juba, Central Equatoria, South Sudan