Insight Visit, Kampala/Gulu, January 2018
Our Director travelled to Uganda focusing on three centres: the capital, Kampala, in the south, Kiryandongo in central Uganda, home to the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, and Gulu, in northern Uganda, the former epicentre of the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict.
As with our insight visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the journey once again confirmed the necessity of any prospective exporter to visit a country in order to check how written facts and statistics relate to the reality on the ground. Firstly, the sheer size of Uganda becomes evident. Whilst Uganda looks very small on the standard Mercator map projection of Africa it is approximately the size of the UK. With relatively poor transport infrastructure a company solely based in the south will not easily be able to serve the north. The cultures and language between north and south, indeed throughout Uganda, are also different so take this into consideration.
Uganda is a beautiful country with diverse climates, natural resources, languages and cultures. It is a member of the Commonwealth as well as other regional economic groupings such as the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and East African Community (EAC). Read more about our insight visit in our blog Reflections from our First Visit to Uganda.