Construction of the $1.3 million Border Export Zone at the Uganda-DRC border of Bunagana in Kisoro district has started.
The Border Export Zone, being constructed by Techno Three Uganda Limited with the supervision of KK Partnership Architects is funded by the World Bank in partnership with Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP) Uganda.
Speaking at the launch on Friday, Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde called for value addition to Ugandan exports, adding that at the moment, most goods exported to DRC are in raw form and as a result, she says, Ugandans are earning less than they should from their produce.
She said that if the volumes keep on increasing at this pace, Uganda has a chance of doubling its earnings from USD 2.6 billion to USD 5 billion in the next two years.
Kyambadde also appealed to Ugandans and Members of Parliament to unanimously support the construction of roads in DRC to ease the transportation of goods to and from Uganda.
Several Ugandan traders opted for the DRC market following the closure of the Uganda-Rwanda border in February 2019. Rwandan President Paul Kagame accused Uganda of hosting and facilitating dissidents especially from Rwanda National Congress-RNC and the Democratic Forces for the liberation of Rwanda FDLR, which have declared war on the Kigali government, and abducting Rwandan citizens.
The closure suffocated business at Katuna Border in Kabale district and Chanika border in Kisoro district.