Government commissions first Public Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

Government commissions first Public Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

Government has kick-started the construction of the first public free zone in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport to boost trade.

On 30th January 2021, Hon. Matia Kasaija, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, representing His Excellence Yoweri K. Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda, commissioned the construction of the first Public Free Zone in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport adjacent to the Cargo Terminal.

The Shs47 Billion investment is a flagship Project which is fully funded by the Government of Uganda and complements other national projects such as; the Entebbe Express Highway, Uganda Airlines and the on-going expansion of the Entebbe International Airport.

The Project will directly contribute to the achievement of NDP III, and the NRM Manifesto of 2021-2026.  On completion, the Free Zone will house seven (7) production units and a Trade house that will host offices of UFZA, URA and other Government offices to facilitate smooth flow of business in the Zone. The facility will have firms engaged in high value mineral processing activities, light manufacturing and agro-processing for export through Entebbe International Airport.

This will:

  • Generate an additional US$13.4 million in capital investment;
  • Create over 200 direct jobs;
  • Realise export earnings of over US$4.02 million per annum increasing the volumes of goods exported through the Entebbe International Airport; and
  • Generate UGX108.3 billion in direct revenues within 15-years of operation.

The proposed sectors for the project include: food processing (agro-processing), mineral processing, warehousing, storage, simple assembly, etc. All Operators in this Public Free Zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.