Great Lakes Policy Round Table Series
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  1. Given the importance of industrialization social and structural transformation of the Economy, 20th November was set aside annually as Africa Industrialization Day (AID). The day was adopted by the assembly of heads of African States and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) at its Twenty-fifth Ordinary Session held on 26 July, 1989 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Resolution AHG/res. 180 (XXV), which was followed by the UN General Assembly “UNGA” Resolution 44/237 of 22 December 1989. The Africa Industrialization Day was established to raise awareness of inclusive and sustainable industrialization as one of the conditions for economic growth and eradication of poverty on the African continent. It focuses on mobilizing the commitment of the international communities to the industrialization of African countries.
  2. This year’s commemoration of Africa Industrialization Day presents a unique opportunity to highlight the progress made in Uganda’s Industrialization and shine light on import replacement and promotion of exports through increased value addition in manufacturing as the main strategies for bolstering the Industrial sector in the post Covid-19 era.
  3. Uganda has set out to turn the misfortunes of the Covid-19 Pandemic into an opportunity by converting the Country’s huge import bill into a boost for domestic manufacturing capacity. The NDP III and the National Industrial Policy 2020 cites “import replacement/promotion of local manufacturing” as one key development strategies Uganda is going to pursue between the financial years 2020/21 and 2024/25 to achieve the Country’s goal of social economic transformation.
  4. The national commemoration will be a week-long event with a number of activities and attracting a wide spectrum of stakeholders. This is an innovation marking a departure from the one-day set-up tradition to afford more time given the significance of Industry in achieving the Vision 2040 Goal of a Transformed Ugandan Society from a Peasant to a Modern and Prosperous Country delivering structural transformation.


  • The Principal Objective of the Africa Industrialization Week (AIW 2021) is to raise awareness on Uganda’s industrialization agenda, and thus rejuvenate high-level political commitment especially towards import replacement and promotion of local Manufacturing as the strategy for bolstering Uganda’s Industrial sector during the post Covid-19 era.
  • AIW 2021 will provide a platform for dialogue and knowledge sharing on key thematic areas for driving Industrialization, whilst at the same time leveraging a diverse multi-stakeholder base to deliver the following Specific Objectives:
  • Use AIW2021 as a viable podium to reinforce the industry-trade nexus in the context of the business opportunities ushered by the AfCFTA and invaluable political support from the continent’s political leadership.
  • Leverage the AIW2021 to sustain the political momentum as a build up to effective implementation of the National Industrial Policy 2020.
  • Reinforce the prioritization of key industrial value chains that have the highest potential for import replacement, export promotion and massive job creation.
  • Pronounce high-level political commitments to drive a globally competitive Industrialization program through Public-Private Partnerships at the national, regional and continental levels
  • Provide a platform to showcase the advancements made in Uganda’s industrialization, through availing a podium for lead industrialization Champions (both Business Start-Ups, SMEs, medium- to- high- cap enterprises etc.)


  • The event will be delivered over 5-days through a combination activities aimed at achieving the above mentioned objectives. A highly participatory and interactive model will be employed for effective delivery of the event.
  • It will include Interactive Sessions to deliver specific thematic subjects on Uganda’s industrialization journey, challenges, constraints, opportunities and what the future holds. Various dynamic media channels including video documentaries, webinars, twitter space discussions, TV show and radio shows will be leveraged for this purpose. Below are some of the broad over-arching, as well as Cross-cutting Subject/Pillars to be discussed, identified as being key towards effectively articulating and effectively interrogating Uganda’s industrialization agenda:
  • Status of Uganda’s Industrial sector - Uganda’s Industrial Atlas: Potential and capacities - Major obstacles to industrialization
  • Creating a conducive enabling environment for accelerated Industrialization in Uganda - - Quality Infrastructure for sustainable industrialization - UNBS - Industrial Parks - Evidence based industrial policy Implementation
  • Pathways for Uganda’s Industrialization - Agro industrialization - Resource Based Industrialization - Knowledge based industrialization
  • Sustainable, equitable and resilient industrialization for Uganda. - SME development in Uganda’s industrial sector – Opportunities and Challenges - Youth and Women Entrepreneurship in Uganda’s Industrial sector - Challenges and opportunities
  • The future of Uganda’s Industrialization: Harnessing Opportunities from emerging global Trends - E- Commerce - Conscious Consumerism - Green manufacturing - Digitization
  • The climax of the commemoration will involve a closing ceremony held at Kololo Independence grounds during which the National Industrial database and information portal and Green Manufacturing Strategy will be launched. Industries that have exhibited exceptional resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic will be recognized and awarded certificates of excellent performance by the Hon Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.
  • To sustain the visibility of the event and momentum on industrialization the AIW2021 will coordinate a dynamic media programme that will leverage the Media experts and social media influencers to drive a pre-event, during the event, and post event media blitz on the event for enhanced visibility and sustainable traction.


The Week is also expected to draw the participation of: Policy Makers, Development Partners, Cultural and Religious Leaders, Industrialists, Traders, Academia, Civil Society and Media.


  1. High-Level Political Declaration and commitment to accelerate Uganda’s Industrialization Agenda
  2. Recommendations for, the Post-Covid industrialization strategy embracing gains and lessons from the country’s experiences, taking cognizance of current and emerging global trends, with special attention to inclusive social and economic development priorities;
  3. Effective engagement with key stakeholders on industrialization in the context of the Import replacement/ Promotion of Local Manufacturing
  4. Enhanced synergies between the private and public sectors
  5. Launch of the National Industrial Database and Information Portal
  6. Launch of the Green Manufacturing Strategy


  1. The collaborators and strategic partners will develop a program focused on drawing the participation of Ugandan Citizens in general, the private sector, Research institutions, Development Partners and finance institutions, and other interested stakeholders.
  2. The program will further focus on attaining the general and specific objectives of the Week as elaborated in the expected outcomes.


  1. The Ministry of Trade industry and Cooperatives and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization are the lead organizers of the Africa Industrialization week. Key Partners include, UDC, UNBS, MTAC, NPA, UIA, UFZA, GGGI, GLISS, APRI, UIRI, UMA, USSIA and UNCCI.
  2. Given the cross-cutting nature of the Industrialization Pillar, it will be deemed prudent to enlist the participation of other strategic partners. List attached.
  3. The official logos of all the collaborators and strategic partners will be on the official documents for the Event.


The Africa Industrialization Week will take place from 15th-19th November, 2021.