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Uganda To Host The 14th Annual East African Procurement Forum & Business Expo 2023

Robert Mukiza, The Director General at Uganda Investment Authority

The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) has been selected to host the 14th annual East African Procurement Forum and introduce the East African Business Expo to take place from 23rd to 26th March, 2023 at Kololo Independence grounds in Kampala Uganda.

The East African Procurement Forum (EAPF) is an event which gathers Heads of public procurement regulatory bodies from the East African Community (EAC) member states and other participants on an annual basis.

The East African Procurement Forum and East African Business Expo is an opportunity to share experiences and challenges with the aim of improving country procurement systems while upholding the desire by member states to harmonize the systems towards a political federation.

The 14th East African Procurement Forum and East African Business Expo which is a four-day event will include Business Meetings, Conferences, Innovation, Networking, generate sales leads and building of valuable relationships, under the theme “Open Contracting as a vehicle for Sustainable Development.”

For the first time ever, the East African Procurement forum will include the East African Business Expo which will attract procurement professionals and key industry suppliers from the 7 East African countries to share knowledge, best practice, network as well as avail opportunities for suppliers to showcase their products, goods and services.

PPDA will host partner procurement regulatory bodies including, The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) of Kenya, The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) of Tanzania, The Rwanda Public Procurement Authority, Agence de Regulation des Marches Public (ARMP) of Burundi, Agence de Regulation des Marches Public (ARMP) of DRC and the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Southern Sudan who together regulate over Two hundred thousand (200,000) suppliers with a procurement market size estimated at over 100 Billion USD annually.

Procurement Service Providers, Suppliers of Goods and Services, Consultants, institutions and Interest Groups are invited to participate as exhibitors or sponsors. The East African Business Expo provides an unrivalled opportunity to showcase products and services directly to key decision makers involved in procurement and purchasing.

Big Opportunity to market Uganda

Robert Mukiza, the Director General at Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) believes that  the forum and business expo will be key in mobilizing private investments and creating new business opportunities for Uganda and the region at large.

“That is why at the expo, my team from the UIA will be there to provide a one-stop center where investors will have the opportunity to register their business and get advisory services on investing in Uganda,” Mukiza says.

Hon Henry Musasizi (Centre) with Benson Turamye ED PPDA Julius K Ishungisa and Robert Mukisa DG UIA

He adds: “As an investment authority we will continue to play a pivotal role in promoting our destination and ensuring that investors have a deeper understanding of the business environment and investment climate prevailing in Uganda. Our message to companies who will be participating in this forum and Business expo is that you are welcome to seize the opportunities offered by Uganda.”

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