Uganda’s International trade continued to flourish despite the COVID19 pandemic yet a huge setback to the tourism Industry.#Buyinza.com
Despite some shortcomings in the management of our country, International trade continued to flourish despite the COVID19 pandemic. It’s important to note that merchandize exports grew by 4.7% increasing from US$ 4.1 billion in 2019 to US$ 4.3 billion in 2020. Agricultural export values grew by 19% from US$ 1.4 billion in 2018/19 to US$ 1.8 billion in 2019/20. Uganda’s merchandise trade deficit has significantly narrowed from US$ 2,866 million in 2018/19 to US$ 2,365 million in 2019/20, a reduction of US$ 500 million in one year.
Coffee remains the leading agricultural export earning US$ 497.4 million in the Financial Year 2019/20. Dairy exports fetched US$ 204.5 million, while Tea exports earned US$ 71 million in Financial Year 2019/20. Fish exports earnings increased from US$ 121 million to US$ 227 million, over the same period.
Annual foreign exchange earnings from tourism increased from US$ 1.35 million in 2015 to US$ 1.6 billion in 2018. Annual tourist arrivals also increased from 1.3 million to 1.5 million during the same period. This is a result of the sustained investments in the development and rehabilitation of tourism infrastructure and product diversification. Unfortunately, the outbreak of COVID19 has caused a huge setback to tourism, as we all know.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows to Uganda amounted to US$ 1.3 billion in 2019 increasing by 20% from US$ 1.1 billion in 2018, and Domestic Investments increased by 13% from US$ 385.3 million to US$ 433.8 million in the same period.
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