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EPRC calls for redemption of micro, small and medium enterprises after Covid-19 blow

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Researchers at the Economic Policy Researcher Center (EPRC) have asked the government to redeem businesses that were completely shutdown due to pressures caused by COVID-19-related restrictions. This followed a survey showing over 400,000 employees of Micro, Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) lost their jobs over …

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Standard’s body slowing digital stamps roll out

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Igara County East MP, Michael Mawanda, is troubled about the modus operandi of implementing the digital stamps policy by the Uganda Revenue Authority. Digital tax stamps rolled out in November 2019 contain security features and codes to prevent counterfeiting of products and enable to track …

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Vaccine skeptics face heavy penalties in new law

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Amendments to the Public Health Act contained in the Public Health (Amendment Bill) is fraught with fines and jail sentences and introduces a new regime of health related offences in a bid to curb the spread of infectious diseases. The bill presented to Parliament by Trade …

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Parliament tasks gov’t on return of Fr. Lokodo’s body

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Parliament has asked the government to release a detailed plan regarding the return of the remains of the former Ethics and Integrity Minister, Fr. Simon Lokodo from Geneva, Switzerland. Fr. Lokodo 64, died on January 29th, 2022 while on official duties as a member of …

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MPs demand clarity on re-opening of Katuna border

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament have asked government to provide clarity on the terms of re-opening of the Katuna border post between Uganda and Rwanda saying Ugandans have been left confused and stranded. MPs said there are reports of restrictions at Katuna after the re-opening. “The communication …

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Consumer protection, competition laws in the offing

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Legislators on the Committee of Trade, Tourism and Industry are mooting Consumer Protection and Competition bills to shield consumers and traders from deceptive and unfair trade practices. While meeting officials from the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Cooperatives led by State Minister for Industries, David Bahati …

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MPs task gov’t on comprehensive plan on industrialisation

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament have tasked government to come up with a comprehensive plan on industrialisation for the country. The followed presentatation of a ministerial policy statement by the Minister of State for Trade, David Bahati, on the commemoration of the Africa industrialisation Day and other matters …

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MPs reject UGX108Bn additional funding to Atiak sugar factory

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Budget Committee has rejected a consideration of a supplementary budget request worth 108 billion shillings as additional funding to Atiak sugar factory in Amuru district. The MPs say government has heavily invested in the company and yet the shares remain stagnant. They say that until …

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Gov’t pledges support to cotton and vanilla farmers

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Government is implementing a training programme through the Ministry of Agriculture to empower farmers with skills on production and marketing procedures of agricultural products that face price fluctuations. According to the State Minister for Industry, David Bahati, government  will facilitate farmers to join cooperatives so …

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Finance, trade ministries conflict over UGX 200Bn MSME relief cash

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Government ministries are yet to agree on how to manage the Shillings 200 billion relief package that President Yoweri Museveni announced for micro, small and medium enterprises while announcing the second COVID-19 induced lockdown. More than a month later, the money is yet to be …

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