Uganda, as an important country in the East African region, can be Iran's gateway to East Africa and neighboring countries.
By The Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Kampala
A Trade delegation from Uganda has visited Tehran, the capital city of Iran to explore avenues for expanding economic relations with the Iranian private sector.
The trade delegation attended a meeting with the representatives of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture (TCCIMA) on Sunday, the portal of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA).
The meeting was attended by the ICCIMA Deputy Head for International Affairs Mohammadreza Karbasi, Ambassador of Uganda to Tehran Muhammad Tezikuba Kisambira, the heads of ICCIMA specialized committees, as well as representatives of the country’s export organizations and chambers of commerce, and a group of businessmen interested in trade with the African country.
During the meeting, the attendees exchanged views and information for cooperation in a variety of fields including foodstuff, agricultural products, coffee exports, agricultural machinery, construction, and engineering, as well as roads and housing.
Speaking at the event, Karbasi mentioned Uganda’s great trade potentials and natural resources, saying: “Uganda has abundant mineral resources including copper, cobalt, limestone, iron ore, gold, and also untapped oil and gas resources, and the country has a very fertile soil,” He said
Emphasizing that there are many potential areas for economic cooperation between the two countries, Karbasi said: “According to studies, considering Iran’s industrial capacities and the import needs of Uganda, the economies of the two countries can complement each other in many areas.” He added
In addition to direct economic relations, Iran, as a major regional power in West Asia, can provide Uganda with an opportunity to access the markets of Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Iraq for exporting its agricultural products, especially tea and coffee, Karbasi added.
“On the other hand, Uganda, as an important country in the East African region, can be Iran’s gateway to East Africa and neighboring countries,” he stated.
Adding that the Iranian private sector is interested in stabilizing and developing mutual economic relations with Africa, and especially with Uganda, “However, there are barriers such as transportation, banking, and money exchange problems and the lack of direct flights between the two countries, that are preventing the two sides to achieve the desired level of economic exchanges.”
Further in the meeting, Ambassador of Uganda to Tehran Muhammad Tezikuba Kisambira underlined the need for holding more meetings between the traders of the two countries, saying: “The Ugandan Embassy welcomes all Iranian businessmen and is ready to answer questions and resolve any ambiguities and problems in the direction of economic cooperation between the two countries without any bureaucratic complexity.”