Ugandan Community in the Netherlands
One diaspora one voice


1.  Introduction:

The Ugandan Community in the Netherlands (UCN) in partnership with the Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) welcomes the international business community to the Uganda-Netherlands Business Convention (UNBC2018) and the Uganda Community in the Netherlands day (UCNday2018) on the 24 th and 25 th August respectively in Amsterdam. This year’s edition of the UNBC will commence under the theme “Enhancing Agricultural Value addition” while “Living a healthy and productive Diaspora life” will be the UCNday2018 theme.


The two days events are planned to bring together the Ugandan population living in the Netherlands, investors, traders, entrepreneurs, educationists and any other interested stakeholders to integrate, forge useful partnerships, discuss issues geared at strengthening and or introducing business and investment links between Uganda and the Netherlands.


The Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) is central in contributing towards sustainable development of the African continent. Over the years, NABC has managed to stay relevant by maintaining an extended private and public sector networking frontier between the Netherlands and Africa. In this way, the NABC has encouraged significant increase in bilateral trade and investment. Therefore it is obvious to point out that NABC has been prominent in promoting African commerce by providing Dutch companies with the needed tools to succeed in the various regions and markets across the continent. It is one of the daily missions of NABC to put African countries on the economic map of Dutch companies and organizations.



2.  Purpose:

Beyond creating an enjoyable ambiance for participants and visitors, the UNBC2018 and UCNday2018 provide for the Dutch-Uganda Diaspora a social, cultural, economic and business-interaction forum that continually facilitates synergy and continuously fosters bilateral capacity building. These two-days events are a different package and exceptionally re-assuring to every participant.

UNBC2018 will lay specific focus to the Agricultural Sector. This sector continues to be of utmost importance to the livelihood and economy of Ugandans employing approximately 70% of the population. The main agricultural crops include grains, sugarcane, cotton, tea and coffee, which accounts for 20% of total export earnings and a third of foreign exchange earnings. Uganda is among the top 10 producers of coffee, globally.

Under the Uganda’s National Development Plan, there is an emphasis on the importance of agro processing and Value addition that can take on different forms and levels ranging from the basic to more sophisticated levels e.g. packaging, processing, cooling, drying, extracting or any other type of processes

Investment opportunities in agriculture and agro-processing are vast, ranging from cut flower production for exports, oil seed production and processing, cotton production, ginning, spinning and weaving, the production and processing of livestock products. Other opportunities include wheat products and the fast growing milk production and processing sector, fruit processing, fruit drying, grain milling, meat processing, leather tanning and fish processing.


Other UNBC 2018 objectives include:

o  Promoting Uganda as an agricultural projects development destination

o  Inform Dutch participants about the agricultural sector trends in Uganda

o  Inform participants about other business opportunities

o  Strengthening economic and knowledge sharing relations between the Netherlands and Uganda

o  Develop a roadmap for Dutch entrepreneurs to Uganda

o  Sharing information regarding the “how to do business/project” aspect

o  To encourage the Ugandan Diaspora to Invest in their country

o  Opportunity for Diaspora Ugandans to get first hand information from those in authority and business

o  Matchmaking between Dutch & Ugandan entrepreneurs

o  Increasing the data base of Dutch organizations interested by Uganda for further activities



3.  Investment and Business

3.1.     The Netherlands:

The Netherlands is home for just over 17 million inhabitants. It is the sixth largest economy in the European Union and plays an important role as a European transportation hub. The Netherlands is one of the few countries with a persistently high trade surplus but also boosts of a steady transport network, stable industrial establishments, moderate unemployment and a strong welfare setup. Ranked No. 7 by Forbes’s “Best Countries for Business,” the Netherlands is truly a world-class business destination. Netherlands’ strategic location at Europe’s front door provides the perfect springboard into the European market—with access to 95% of Europe’s most lucrative consumer markets within 5 hours from Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

3.2.     Uganda – The Pearl Of Africa:

Popularly known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a country of many surprises with rolling hills, sparkling crater lakes, abundant wildlife, adrenaline activities and, of course, the endangered Mountain Gorillas. The country is still authentically African, lush green and home to the friendliest people on the continent.

Uganda offers highly competitive investment incentives and complete freedom to hold 100 percent foreign ownership of investments while free inflow/outflow of capital is also guaranteed. Investing in Uganda offers market access to preferential trade zones, including the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African states (COMESA), a region with a market of over 300 million people in 20 countries; and the East African Community (EAC), with a joint population of over 150 million people. Without a mention of the closely reliable and conducive climate necessary for numerous agricultural, horticultural and aqua-cultural undertakings, this discovery adds to the many other available resources present in Uganda just ready for the investors’ undertaking.

4.  Convention Partners

4.1.     Uganda and Dutch Embassies

The Ugandan Embassy in Brussels is a key partner in the provision of logistical support, advising, sourcing and identifying of key government officials relevant to the convention. The Dutch embassy in Kampala on the other hand will play a significant role in swiftly accessing and verifying visas for the delegates participating from Uganda. Both Embassies are also sought to be financial contributors.


4.2.     Uganda Investment Authority

With its inception in 1991, The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has continued to function as a one-stop center for investment and business setup in Uganda. Founded as a semi-autonomous investment promotion and facilitation organization, UIA facilitates and expedites all investment issues, including licensing, project support services, industrial land acquisition, special passes for investors, and also assists investors in seeking joint venture partners and funding.

UIA is also mandated to initiate and support platforms that enhance investment, UIA has shared a report of the 2018 bankable projects with the UNBC organization team to locate and match willing investors in the Netherlands. The authority stands ready to promote, attract and encourage business personnel from Uganda to attend the convention so as to tap the available investment partnerships. Among other things, the UIA partners at this convention so as to contribute to the image of Uganda as a favorable agricultural investment destination and also aims to attract value-adding investment that will boost mechanization and commercialization of the Agricultural sector.


4.3.     Uganda Free Zone Authority

Incorporate through the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development in 2014, the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) is also a partner in the organization and execution of the Uganda Netherlands Business Convention 2018. Initiated to promote Uganda exports, The UFZA comes on board to promote means for increased commodity processing from trading raw materials to finished goods. Another outstanding contribution of the UFZA to the convention will be to validate the importance of the already adopted free zones.


4.4.     Uganda Revenue Authority

Established in 1991 as the tax collection body, The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is currently on a vigorous taxation campaign of educating investors about the available tax incentives. For the convention, the URA will be on board to elaborate on the agro-processing tax exemptions, 0% import duty on machinery, agricultural parent stock and sowing seeds tax exemption, agricultural equipment tax exemption, milk tanks exemptions, refrigerated trucks exemptions, fertilizers exemptions and so on.

5.  Proposed program Layout

5.1.     Uganda Netherlands Business Convention (UNBC)


Day   I:  24 th August 2017 (UNBC)

12:00 –   13:00

13:00 –   13:30

13:30 –   14:00

14:00 –   14:10

14:10 –   14:40

14:40 –   15:10

15:10 –   15:30

15:30 –   15:50

15:50 –   16:10

16:10 –   16:30

16:30 –   17:00

17:00 –   18:00

18:00 –   22:00

Arrival   and Registration of delegates

Doing   business in Uganda (Solar Now, Bbrood, Wagagai, etc)

Uganda   Revenue Authority

Doing Business   in the Netherlands (Fodap)

Agriculture   in Uganda

Uganda   Investment Authority

C O F F E   E  & T E A    B R E A K

Uganda   Free Zone Authority

Banking in   Uganda

Real   estate in Uganda – Housing Finance

Dual   citizenship for investment

B2B   Matching & Corporate Social Networking

Business   Dinner



5.2.     Uganda Community day (UCNday)


Day   II:  25 th August 2017   (UCNday)


Times to be communicated


Kids activities

Run for your health (Mini marathon)

Football match (UCN team Vs Visiting Ugandans   from the Diaspora)

Awarding medals to winners & participants.

Cultural Dinner & Performances

Keynote speech from the 2 days’ guest of honor

Entertainment by one of Uganda’s top music   artist.







6.  Registrations and participation for the 2-day events

All registrations for participation, exhibition and or sponsorship packages should be transferred to the Uganda Community in the Netherlands Bank accounts in the Netherlands or Uganda



ING Bank

Name: Uganda Community in the Netherlands (UCN)

Account Number: NL59   INGB 0006 7230 95


PostBank Uganda

Name: Uganda Community in the Netherlands

Account Number: 1110037001426


Reason: Participation / Exhibition / Sponsorship at the UNBC or UCNday2017


6.1.     Participation Fees

-        Individual participant from abroad €250 or $300

(Participation fee (NON refundable) covers the event’s registration, UCN administration and 1x dinner)

-        Ugandans living in the European Union € 50


6.2.     Accommodation

The UNBC 2018 will take place at NOVOTEL AMSTERDAM CITY hotel in Rai. Novotel is a 4-star hotel in the heart of Amsterdam’s business district, near the RAI congress center. The hotel is strategically located in the reach of 15 minutes of Schiphol airport or Amsterdam Central. Convention delegates and participants can make reservation at €129 for a single room or €149 for a double room. For personal reservations, use link below.


6.3.     Exhibitions

There is an opportunity for individuals and companies to exhibit at the convention. An exhibition stall is available at €150 or $200 per company/individual with exception to package holders

All exhibitors and sponsors will receive the following with additional advantages dependant on the level of exhibition and sponsorship package:

-        Listed in advance on the community website and in the program booklet provided to all attendees.

-        Your Company logo on the holding slide on the conference platform together with other sponsors and exhibitors.

-        A delegate list including the delegate name and company will be emailed to exhibitors and sponsors 2 weeks before the conference.

6.4.     Sponsorship Packages:

6.4.1. Platinum Sponsor – Euro €2,500


-        Becomes the official UNBC and UCNday2018 sponsor.

-        Company acknowledgement on all official conference support signs, program, and on all marketing collateral including enhanced logo on the conference holding slide

-        Complimentary registration for 5 delegates

-        Complimentary table top exhibition

-        Company Logo on mini marathon running t-shirts

-        One set of promotional materials included in registration material

-        Your logo on all delegate badges

-        A complimentary full page advertisement in the program booklet

-        After the event “Thank you email” to all attendees with company logo

-        Complimentary exhibition table

-        Option to brand specific portions of the meeting, including 3 of the following (Welcome reception, Refreshment break, Lunch break)

-        Boat-cruise along the 9 Amsterdam canals.



6.4.2. Gold Sponsor – Euro €1,500

-        Company acknowledgement on all official conference support signs, program and on all marketing collateral including enhanced logo on the conference holding slide

-        Special recognition on the conference website

-        Complimentary registration for 4 delegates

-        Complimentary table top exhibition

-        One set of promotional materials included in registration material

-        A complimentary full page advertisement in the program booklet

-        Complimentary Exhibition table

-        Option to brand specific portions of the meeting, including 2 of the following (Refreshment break or Lunch break, but first priority given to the Platinum)


6.4.3. Silver Sponsor – Euro €1,000

-        Company acknowledgement on all official conference support signs, program and on all marketing collateral including enhanced logo on the conference holding slide

-        Special recognition on the conference website

-        Complimentary registration for 3 delegates

-        Complimentary table top exhibition

-        One set of promotional materials included in registration material

-        Option to brand specific portions of the meeting, including 2 of the following (Refreshment break, Lunch break, but first priority given to the Platinum and Gold sponsor respectively)


7.2.     Financing

As described in the above section, UNBC2018 is a unique event that enables Dutch and Ugandan companies to become familiar with each other and explore the possibilities for business through sustainable value chains. The program includes access to partners with the required insights and inputs to develop optimal business formulas and finding the right partners to make the value chain complete. Sponsorships and fees from registration of participants will finance the convention budget.



On behalf of the Ugandan Community in the Netherlands, I look forward to receiving you in August and also hope that you will participate on this day either as a sponsor, exhibitor or visitor.