The advice was given by the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Uganda ambassador Attilio Pacifici, this afternoon, at the beginning of a four-day retreat bringing together envoys from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, The Kingdom of Netherlands and Sweden. The retreat is taking place at Mt. Elgon Hotel, Mbale.
Uganda has been advised to take
advantage of the zero-tariff policy on all agricultural produce in the European
Union bloc in order to develop the sector.
The advice was given by the Head
of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Uganda ambassador Attilio Pacifici,
this afternoon, at the beginning of a four-day retreat bringing together envoys
from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, The Kingdom of
Netherlands and Sweden. The retreat is taking place at Mt. Elgon Hotel, Mbale.
The envoys today held a closed
door meeting with Mbale District Chairman Bernard Mujasi and Chief Administrative
Officer Esau Ekachelan, in which they discussed a need to improve the quality
of coffee produced in the Eastern region and difficulties faced in drawing maximum
benefits from the produce.
Ambassador Pacific noted that Europe
offers a unique opportunity to allow better export of agriculture because of its zero-tariff policy, something that Uganda and the other African partners
need to take advantage of to export their products in all quantities without any
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Pacifici, however, said that the
limit to these local entrepreneurs is grabbing the opportunity and also meeting
the market demand.
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The Belgian Ambassador to Uganda,
Rudi Veestraeten said that trade is an important field of cooperation between
Uganda and the European Union (EU) and that coffee alone is a key produce which
can be improved to attract a huge benefit to the farmers and the country’s
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Rudi said that coffee should be a
key focus of Uganda’s partnership with the European Union and that it is
something they continue to discuss with the President about.
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Mbale District Chairman Bernard Mujasi
observed a need for a coffee processing plant in Mbale to process instant
The EU ambassadors also engaged
the district security officials including the District Police Commander, Resident
District Commissioner (RDC) and others in a closed-door meeting. They are also
scheduled to meet the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaders in the
district this evening before meeting the Opposition Political Party leaders on