France and Uganda
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).
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