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Investment deficit in 2015

New report by BOU, UBOS shows decline in foreign direct investments, local sales revenues Uganda saw a decline of $40 million in foreign direct investments (FDI) in 2015, according to a survey conducted by Bank of Uganda in conjunction with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Private Sector Foundation Uganda, Uganda …

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NSSF and high-end houses

Analysts question feasibility of Shs 650m houses in glutted market yet demand is higher for low end accommodation At the beginning of this month, the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) commissioned a large-scale project worth Shs14.5bn to construct a housing estate at Mbuya involving 40 residential houses. This venture puts …

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All set for Total to take over GAPCO

With only minor regulatory glitches remaining, the deal valued at $400 million, will see Total acquire all the GAPCO operations in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The company’s assets include logistic terminals, 108 fuel stations, and 260,000 kilolitres of storage capacity. Final touches are being made on a deal in which …

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Total’s GAPCO acquisition

Final touches are being made on a deal in which Total will take over all GAPCO operations in the region. The development follows months of intense negotiations between the two for Total Outre Mer SA, the retailing arm of Total, to acquire all the Gulf Africa PetroleumCorporation (Gapco) assets in …

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Soda price war?

Pepsi cuts retail prices on plastic bottle by Shs 200 but rivals still reluctant to play ball On May 04, 2016 Crown Beverages, the bottlers of Pepsi Cola products, announced a reduction on their retail price for Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Pepsi Cola, and Evervess Tonic brands. The price reduction of …

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BATU hit by hard economic times

In recent years, shareholders of British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU) have come to always look forward to the first two weeks of May, the period when the company has traditionally held its annual general meeting. It has now become a guarantee that they must hear some really good news that …

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BATU owners to share Shs 20 bn

Top bosses warn government on illicit tobacco, which accounts for 20% of market By Patrick Kagenda In recent years, shareholders of British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU) have come to always look forward to the first two weeks of May, the period when the company has traditionally held its annual general …

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Why Ugandan banks are struggling to make a profit

Analysts urge government on business environment as written off non-performing loans erode bank profits In 2015, Standard Chartered Bank, Uganda’s second-largest bank by assets, saw its profits decline by 75% compared to the previous year. The year was even worse for Crane Bank, the second biggest indigenous bank and the …

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Banking industry blues

Analysts urge government on business environment as written off non-performing loans erode bank profits In 2015, Standard Chartered Bank, Uganda’s second-largest bank by assets, saw its profits decline by 75% compared to the previous year. The year was even worse for Crane Bank, the second biggest indigenous bank and the …

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Court-system gets new humane face

`Chicken thief’ can be both a literal description of a crime and a metaphor of petty crimes often involving poor people. Unfortunately, it is such petty crimes that clog the judicial system and congest prisons. In a judiciary that has fewer judges and magistrates and fewer and poorly distributed courts …

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