France and Uganda

Political relations


  • Visit to Paris of Mr Sam Kutesa, Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006).
  • Visit to Kampala of Mr de Raincourt, French Cooperation Minister (2011).
  • Visit to Paris of Isaac Musumba, Ugandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation (February 2010).
  • Visit to Paris of President Yoweri Museveni for the Élysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa in December2013.
  • Visit to Paris of Mr Sam Kutesa, Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs (May 2014).

Website of the French Embassy in Kampala

Economic relations

Our exports, which amounted to €87 million, increased by 27 % during 2013. The export structure has been relatively stable since 2008, mainly based around pharmaceutical products, industrial equipment and telecommunications equipment. At the same time, French imports (€20 million, 80% of which is coffee) grew by 23%. In 2013, France recorded its sixth consecutive trade surplus with Uganda, at €66.5 million. France is Uganda’s ninth trading partner, with a market share of 2.5%.

The number of French firms in Uganda has tripled in the last 18 months: there are now about 30 French companies operating in the country, across a wide range of sectors: hydrocarbons (Total Distribution, Total EP, Friedlander-Ortec), telecommunications (Orange, Alcatel-Lucent, Camusat), transport, logistics and distribution (Air France/KLM, SDV Transami, AGS), industry (Hima Cement - Lafarge, Sogea-Satom, Veolia Water, Renault trucks), services (Bureau Veritas, CIS Catering, Newrest, Gras Savoye, IGN, Monnaie de Paris).

French direct investment stock in Uganda is estimated at €900 million, mainly in the hydrocarbon and telecommunications sectors.


The French Development Agency (AFD) strengthened its operations in Uganda in 2009 by posting a representative to Kampala. The 2013-2016 AFD programme sets out a concentration of projects in the areas of energy, water and sanitation, irrigation, biodiversity and private sector support, amounting to annual commitments of €60 million to €80 million.

Updated: 9 June 2016