12th UMA Eastern Region Trade Fair Kicks Off Today at Mbale S.S Grounds..

by | May 30, 2023 | Communication

31st May 2023, Mbale, Uganda – The 12th UMA Eastern Region Trade Fair (ERTF) starts today, marking the revival of the regional business development event. Held at the Mbale S.S Grounds, the trade fair will showcase the achievements, innovations, and products of local manufacturers under the theme “Celebrating Local Manufacturing Excellence.”

Courtesy Footage from NTV Uganda.

As manufacturers and traders gather in Mbale, Uganda, the 12th UMA ERTF promises to be an exciting platform for businesses to exhibit their products and contribute to the growth and promotion of locally manufactured goods. The event aims to strengthen interconnections within the trade industry, providing an opportunity for participants to showcase their products and services throughout the one-week duration.

UMA’s Executive Director, Dr. Ezra Rubanda, while addressing the press, emphasized the significance of the ERTF in promoting local manufacturing and encouraging the growth of the industry. The trade fair allows manufacturers and suppliers from various sectors to connect with consumers, facilitate business-to-business linkages, launch new products, and acquire spontaneous orders, leading to increased sales revenue.

The 12th ERTF features over 100 exhibitors representing diverse sectors, including Construction, Automobile, Agricultural Machinery, Foods & Beverages, Packaging Materials, Plastics, Health, Confectionery, ICT, Alcohol & Spirits, Personal Care Products, Electricals, Logistics & Transportation, Stationery, Academia, Furniture, Leather Goods Manufacturers, Dairy & Dairy Products, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, and Exporters, among others. The participation of 22 foreign exhibitors from Kenya, Nigeria, India, and Tanzania further enhances international exchange and collaboration opportunities.

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and Sino Industrial Park, Mbale (Tian Tang group, Com Foam, Grace Textiles, M-One, HongHai Wood) are acknowledged as platinum sponsors for their vital support in making the trade fair a success. Ms. Mary Babirye, Trade Finance Manager at KCB, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the event and affirmed the bank’s commitment to supporting manufacturers, agents, and suppliers through tailored banking services. With a regional presence in Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Congo, and Kenya, KCB Bank aims to facilitate trade and drive economic growth in the region.

The 12th UMA Eastern Region Trade Fair expects to attract approximately 50,000 visitors, providing an excellent platform for manufacturers to engage with consumers and receive instant feedback. The event not only celebrates the achievements of local manufacturers but also serves as a benchmarking opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to enter the manufacturing sector in Uganda.

Details of the 12th UMA Eastern Region Trade Fair (ERTF):

Date: 31st May to 6th June 2023

Venue: Mbale S.S Grounds

Total Exhibitors: Over 100

Foreign Exhibitors: 22 from Kenya, Nigeria, India, and Tanzania

Sponsors: Platinum sponsors KCB Bank and Sino Industrial Park, Mbale (Tian Tang group, Com Foam, Grace Textiles, M-One, HongHai Wood)

Business Facilitation Agencies: URA, URSB, Electricity Regulatory Authority, among others

Security: Collaborative efforts with Uganda Police to ensure the safety of attendees, exhibitors, and property.


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