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Faith Nyasuguta

Uganda has been named the ‘Best Investment Destination in Africa‘ at the 2024 Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) marking a significant milestone in the country’s economic development trajectory. 

The announcement, delivered by the nation’s State Minister for Investment Evelyne Anite, celebrates Uganda’s continued efforts to attract foreign investment and foster a conducive environment for economic growth.

Building upon its previous recognition as the ‘Best Investment Destination in East Africa’ in 2023, Uganda’s Investment Authority has showcased its commitment to promoting investment opportunities and facilitating business ventures within the region and beyond. This consistent recognition highlights Uganda’s emergence as a leading destination for investors seeking lucrative prospects and favorable conditions for their ventures.

The achievement is further enhanced by Uganda’s success in attracting substantial Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows, particularly from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Over the past two years, Uganda has secured over $1 billion in FDI from the UAE alone, signaling confidence and trust in Uganda’s economic potential and investment climate. The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) has reported a notable increase in FDI inflows, with figures rising from $1.36 billion in April 2022 to $1.5 billion by April 2023, reflecting sustained momentum in investment activity.

The impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Uganda’s economy cannot be overstated. According to the World Bank, FDI contributes significantly to Uganda’s gross domestic product (GDP), accounting for over 4% of the total output. This injection of foreign capital plays a pivotal role in driving economic growth, creating employment opportunities, and fostering innovation across various sectors.

Despite geopolitical challenges and external pressures, Uganda remains steadfast in its pursuit of economic prosperity. The projected growth trajectory, with an anticipated increase from 5.3% in 2023 to 6.0% in 2024, shows Uganda’s resilience and determination to navigate global uncertainties and emerge stronger on the economic front.

/UG Standard/

Uganda’s strategy to attract Foreign Direct Investment revolves around creating an enabling business environment that caters to the needs and preferences of investors. This entails a multi-faceted approach, including infrastructure development, policy reforms, tax incentives, and investment promotion initiatives. 

Key priorities include ensuring reliable access to electricity, enhancing transportation infrastructure, offering tax holidays, and improving internet connectivity to facilitate seamless business operations.

The recognition bestowed upon Uganda by the AIM Global Investment Awards serves as a testament to the country’s commitment to excellence in investment promotion and economic development

With participation from over 170 countries in exhibitions and investment promotion activities, Uganda’s success shines brightly on the global stage, positioning the country as a beacon of opportunity and growth in the African continent and beyond.


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