Welcome to the AGOA Country Response Office – Your Gateway to Trade Excellence. We are delighted to present the dynamic force behind our endeavors, Mrs. Susan K. Muhwezi, Senior Presidential Advisor on AGOA and Trade, whose dedicated leadership guides our vision and efforts. Our Mission At AGOA Country Response Office, our mission is to facilitate and enhance Uganda’s trade and economic development under the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). AGOA, a U.S. law, aims to boost trade and investment, ultimately fostering economic growth in Africa. Established in 2000, AGOA granted Sub-Saharan African countries the privilege to export to the U.S. duty-free and quota-free. Key Roles and Responsibilities
  1. Monitoring AGOA and Trade Projects: Our unit, set up in 2002 under the directive of H.E The President of Uganda, monitors AGOA and trade-related projects.
  2. Administrative Oversight: We operate under State House, and our operational funds are managed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives (MTIC).
Vision Our vision is to witness Uganda’s value-added quality products exported to the American market under AGOA and other international markets such as Canada. We believe in “Trade not Aid” as a means of poverty eradication, ultimately fueling Uganda’s private sector in international trade. Major Objectives
  • Develop the AGOA National Strategy in collaboration with MTIC, the private sector, and monitor its implementation.
  • Create awareness and sensitize the public and private sector about the AGOA initiative.
  • Promote Uganda-branded, value-added exports in the U.S market.
  • Collaborate with the government and relevant agencies to improve product quality, standards, and branding for export.
  • Monitor and report on the success and challenges of AGOA.
Uganda’s Exports to the U.S Our efforts have yielded positive results over the years. Uganda’s exports to the U.S. have seen both challenges and growth, as reflected in the following figures:
  • 2015 – 2016: UGX 91,744,956,662
  • 2016 – 2017: UGX 94,289,323,772
  • 2017 – 2018: UGX 112,148,758,205
  • 2018 – 2019: UGX 56,670,672,031
  • 2019 – 2020: UGX 46,145,193,396
  • 2020 – 2021: UGX 40,489,473,560
Achievements and Challenges Our achievements include widespread awareness and sensitization across the country, the development of the AGOA National Strategy, the formation of the Uganda AGOA Exporters Association, and assistance to companies in accessing the U.S. market.