First France-Uganda agro-business forum opens doors for partnerships
Agricultural production and processing, a promising sector for growth, are of interest to the French companies, a group of which came to Uganda under the banner of ADEPTA to take part in the first ever France-Uganda agribusiness forum. This event which took place the whole day on 11th December, brought together local companies interested in discovering what France has to offer.
At the French Residence, the Ambassador, Sophie Makame, hosted the forum participants and representatives of some Ugandan institutions involved in the development of the agricultural sector. In her speech, she emphasized France’s commitment to developing a “productive and sustainable” agriculture in Uganda.
On his part, Mr. Patrick Batature, Chairman of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda – PSFU, pointed out the clear convergence of views between France and Uganda in this sector, and invited French companies to make use of their field trips to discover the many available business opportunities in the country.
Mr. Batiture who was the guest of honour at the workshop organized by Medef-International in Paris on the occasion of the independence anniversary of Uganda on 9th October, also urged the representatives of the Ugandan private sector to seek more partnerships with French companies.
Mr. Alain Réocreux who led the ADEPTA-selected delegation underscored the importance of agriculture in physical planning. Population settlement as a result of territorial development is of particular interest for Uganda, a country with an impressive population growth rate and whose three quarters of the population live on agriculture. Mr. Réocreux also presented the opportunities made possible by nanotechnologies for a better food security, especially in the sector of animal husbandry.
France is the first agriculture producing country in Europe and the second in the world. Meanwhile, Uganda has a great potential for agriculture development, thanks to its favorable climate and land. Productivity gains can therefore be achieved through the transfer of skills and technologies and this is what the French companies are proposing.
The success of this first mission calls for more action in the agricultural field which is crucial for the future of Uganda.