COUNTRY OVERVIEW

Country :
The Republic of Uganda

Capital :
Kampala.

Location :
Uganda is a landlocked country located in East Africa, bordered by Kenya to the East, Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, Rwanda to the South West, Tanzania to the South and to the North by South Sudan.

Pearl of Africa :
Uganda is also known as the Pearl of Africa (Name given by Winston Churchill) for its good weather, ever green environment and hospitable people and has access to the 3rd Largest Fresh water lake in the world called Lake Victoria and it is also the source of the world’s longest river, The River Nile.

Area :
241,038 sq km.

Major Cities:
- Kampala
- Gulu
- Lira

Climate :
Average temperature ranges from 19 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Airport :
Entebbe (Approx. 20 miles from Kampala).

Population :
Uganda has a population of about 41 million people with an annual population growth rate of 3.5% and a projected working population of about 16.36 million (14-64years) ( Uganda Bureau of statistics, December 2007, publication).

Ethnic Group :
54 Ethnic Group. The largest group is Kinh comprising 88% of the population and mainly living in the Red River Delta, the central coastal delta, the Mekong Delta and major cities. The other 53 ethnic minority groups (approximately 8 million people) are scattered over mountainous area.

Coastline :
3,260 km.

Language :
English became the official language of Uganda after independence, and Ugandan English is a local variant dialect. Additionally, all Ugandan schools and universities are required by law to teach in English.

Local Currency :
Uganda Shilling.

Banking Sector :
Uganda has a fully fledged banking sector that is monitored by Bank of Uganda. There are many local and multi-national banks operating in Uganda such as Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Citi Bank but to mention a few.

Free Trade Membership :
Uganda is a member of the East African community (EAC). The EAC consists of 5 East African countries neighboring each other namely; Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi (www.eac.int) Uganda is also a member of the Common Markets East and Southern Africa (COMESA) which is made up of 19 member countries in Africa namely; Uganda, Burundi, Comoros, DR.Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Seychelles, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe (www.about .comesa.int).

Natural Resource :
Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizeable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt. The country has largely untapped reserves of both crude oil and natural gas.[61] While agriculture accounted for 56% of the economy in 1986, with coffee as its main export, it has now been surpassed by the services sector.

The economy grew because of continued investment in the rehabilitation of infrastructure, improved incentives for production and exports, reduced inflation and gradually improved domestic security.

Infrastructure :
- Road Systems: 86,327 km
- Railways: 1,244 km
- Energy - Production (Bn KWh): 2.256 ( (world 19020 Bn KWh) - Consumption (Mn KWh): 2.06 (world 17480 Bn KWh) - Export: 0.03 Bn KWh - Import: 0
- Export Processing Zones and industrial parks

Legislative :
Legislative power is vested in both the government and the National Assembly. The system is based on a democratic parliamentary system with universal suffrage for all citizens over 18 of years age.

Political Instability :
Uganda is a politically stable country.

Food and Restaurants :
There are all types of food stuff available locally and there are many restaurants that cater for different cuisines including Indian, Chinese and Italian.

Population of Indians in Uganda :
The present population of Indians in Uganda is approximately 25,000.

Security :
Day to day security wise Uganda is safe.

Airline Connections :
There are many airlines flying in and out of Uganda such as British Airways, Emirates, KLM, Qatar, Kenya Airways, SN Brussels, Air Uganda and Ethiopian but to mention a few.

 


   
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