November 23— A large Belgian delegation composed of some 43 company representatives will be in Uganda next week in a bid to make some sales.
A major reason for the visit is for the Belgians to gain some insight into the business environment in the country. The single biggest Belgian investment is the Entebbe-based, $15 million African Gold Refinery majority-owned by Alain Goetz, but which lately has run into transparency problems with the Financial Intelligence Authority.
According to a statement from the foreign affairs ministry, ‘The mission will comprise key players, mainly in the sectors of agriculture, construction and energy, but also in the sectors of logistics, transport and dredging, as well as ICT and consultancy. The event aims at attracting large and medium enterprises from Uganda to interact with high-ranking business persons from Belgium’.
The Belgians will be in Uganda between November 26 and 29, but the main activities are scheduled to take place at the Sheraton Kampala where a business to business (B2B) session has been arranged. The delegation will also have talks with trade, industry and cooperatives minister, Amelia Kyambadde who will officially open the B2B session.
Other meetings have been set with officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Works and Transport among others to discuss business opportunities in those sectors.