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Country name:

conventional long form: Republic of Uganda
conventional short form: Uganda

 

Capital:

Kampala. Population: 1.2 million

Location:

Eastern Africa, west of Kenya

 

Area:

241,038 sq km (93,065 sq miles).
 

Population:

30.9 million (UN estimate 2007).
 

map of Uganda

Description:
Uganda shares borders with Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, Lake Victoria to the southeast, Tanzania and Rwanda to the south and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. Kampala is on the shores of Lake Victoria, and the White Nile flowing out of the lake traverses much of the country. The varied scenery includes tropical forest and tea plantations on the slopes of the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains, the arid plains of the Karamoja, the lush, heavily populated Buganda, the rolling savannah of Acholi, Bunyoro, Tororo and Ankole, and the fertile cotton area of Teso.
 

language:
English is the official language, with Swahili, Luganda and other Bantu languages also spoken.

Climate:
The temperature, usually ranging from 21 to 25?�C (70 to 77?�F), can be quite cool in some parts of the country owing to the country’s high altitude, despite its position on the equator. The mountain areas become much cooler and the top of Mount Elgon is often covered with snow. Other parts of the country are much warmer. There is heavy rain between March and May and between October and November.

Economy - overview:
Agriculture dominates the Ugandan economy, accounting for half of total output and employing over 80% of the workforce. The industrial sector produces textiles, cement, fertilisers and metal goods. There are large deposits of copper and cobalt. In addition, there are known deposits of tin, tungsten, beryllium and tantalum ores.
The economy recorded fairly steady economic growth throughout most of the last decade (6% annual growth in 2007) and, in contrast with much of the rest of Africa, has enjoyed a series of good harvests. Inflation was at 5.8% in 2007.
The most pressing problem has been the country's debt burden. Its total external debt now stands at just under US$4 billion. In exchange for debt cancellation programmes, the government has been obliged to introduce a series of economic reforms, principally the removal of price controls and trade restrictions and a reduction in government spending.
Uganda is a member of the African Development Bank and of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). In 2003, Uganda joined with neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania in a plan to revive the East African Customs Union (a previous attempt folded in 1977).

Economy:
Agriculture dominates the Ugandan economy, accounting for half of total output and employing over 80% of the workforce. The industrial sector produces textiles, cement, fertilisers and metal goods. There are large deposits of copper and cobalt. In addition, there are known deposits of tin, tungsten, beryllium and tantalum ores.
The economy recorded fairly steady economic growth throughout most of the last decade (6% annual growth in 2007) and, in contrast with much of the rest of Africa, has enjoyed a series of good harvests. Inflation was at 5.8% in 2007.
The most pressing problem has been the country's debt burden. Its total external debt now stands at just under US$4 billion. In exchange for debt cancellation programmes, the government has been obliged to introduce a series of economic reforms, principally the removal of price controls and trade restrictions and a reduction in government spending.
Uganda is a member of the African Development Bank and of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). In 2003, Uganda joined with neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania in a plan to revive the East African Customs Union (a previous attempt folded in 1977).

 

 

Industries:

sugar, brewing, tobacco, cotton textiles, cement

 

Exports:
Coffee, fish and fish products, tea, tobacco and cotton

Imports:
Capital equipment, vehicles, petroleum, medical supplies and cereals.

• Main trade partners: Kenya, Belgium, UAE and the Netherlands.

GDP :

US$9.3 billion (2007).
 

Exchange rates:


Uganda Shilling (UGX). Notes are in denominations of UGX50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000. Coins are in denominations of UGX500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1.

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/288/money/Africa/Uganda.html

 

Government of Uganda
http://www.government.go.ug/

 

State House 
http://www.statehouse.go.ug

 

Parliament of Uganda 
http://www.parliament.go.ug

 

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development
Nile Avenue,
P. O. Box 8147
Kampala
finance@starcom.co.ug
http://www.finance.go.ug 

 

Uganda Bureau of Statistics
http://www.ubos.org

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Parliament Avenue
P. O. Box 7084
Kampala
mofa@starcom.co.ug
http://www.mofa.go.ug

 

Ministry of Tourism, Trade & Industry
Plot 1, Parliament Avenue
P. O. Box 424
Kampala

Uganda Tourist Board
http://www.visituganda.com

 

Bank of Uganda
http://www.bou.or.ug

 

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank
http://www.ipanet.net

 

Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
P.O. Box 3809 
Kampala
Uganda
Tel: 256-41-343847/258791-2
Fax: 256-41-258793
uncci@uol.co.ug

 

Uganda Manufacturers? Association
P.O. Box 6966
Kampala
Uganda
Tel: 256-41-221034/220831
Fax: 256-41-220285
uma@starcom.co.ug
http://www.uma.co.ug

 

Uganda Manufacturers? Association
http://www.uma.co.ug

 

Uganda Tourist Board
http://www.visituganda.com

 

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