Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA) is an Authority was established by an Act of Parliament in April 2014 for the establishment, development, management, marketing, maintenance, supervision and control of free zones and other related matters.
The Authority intends to achieve its main objective of modernization of the investment structure by overseeing and managing the free zones. By doing this, it will ensure that it provides all the necessary support in the promotion and facilitation of export oriented investments.
The Authority will ensure that the areas to be considered as Free Zones are gazetted and developed and those already occupied are subjected to approval. It will regulate the framework of how Free Zones projects will operate and address infrastructural and institutional constraints to enable efficient export led production.
Policy, Licensing and Regulations
- Draft and implement policies and actions relating to Free Zones;
- Advise on policy matters that relate to the Free Zones;
- Assume regulatory functions;
- Issue Free Zone Developer licenses; and
- Enforce compliance with requirements for preventing the unauthorised use of Free Zones and business enterprises in the Free Zones.
Investment Promotion and Advocacy
- Promote and facilitate export oriented enterprises;
- Mobilise resources for developing Free Zones;
- Formulate marketing strategies; and
- Generate public awareness about Free Zones in Uganda.
Operations, Investor Support and Infrastructure Development
- Identify and map areas to be declared as Free Zones;
- Provide, construct, develop, alter, adapt, maintain and administer Free Zones;
- Design and propose to Government schemes and incentives and how the schemes and incentives should be administered; and
- Approve the development and site plans in Free Zones in accordance with the Physical Planning Act, 2010.