Kampala, Uganda - The Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) at Kampala Serena Hotel.
UCDA Board Chair, Dr. Charles Francis Mugoya told the gathering that the Memorandum is timely adding that a vibrant coffee sub sector with a strong public private partnership will propel the industry to greater heights.
Dr. Lyamulemye, thanked Mr. Asiimwe for accepting to cooperate with UCDA to drive the coffee sector forward. Under the MOU, UCDA will work with PSFU to establish a mutual cooperation in the coffee subsector regarding production, productivity, marketing, policy environment, research and coffee business in the Private Sector of Uganda.
The specific areas of cooperation will include creation and exchange of information, cooperation on promoting coffee production, processing, domestic consumption and marketing in the private sector in Uganda and its membership.
Other areas include promotion and improvement in the marketing of coffee, including developing digital marketing platforms, with a view of optimizing efficiency and job creation among the youth; promoting domestic consumption of coffee in the private sector; promotion of coffee tourism and promotion of internationally accepted standards and quality of coffee to enhance its competitiveness.
“PSFU is currently engaged with 12 coffee companies through the various interventions such as the Lead Firm Structure where we have co-invested up to UGX 10 billion to unlock over 25,000 work opportunities for young people of whom 70% are young women. This is being done by working in partnership with the following Lead Firms (i) NUCAFE, Touton Uganda Ltd, Kampala domestic Store (ii) Inspire Africa Establishments, Kawacom (U) Ltd, Grain pulse among others. “Mr. Asiimwe noted.
UCDA will also work with PSFU to influence and lobby areas of mutual interest and pursue legal, regulatory and policy changes in the coffee value chain.
The two entities also agreed to raise private sector awareness about the value of coffee to the economy and household livelihood.
UCDA is a public authority established by the UCDA Act Cap 325 of 1991 (amended in 1994) which has been repealed and replaced by the National Coffee Act 2021 with a mandate to regulate, promote and oversee the activities along the coffee value chain.