On 28th June 2022, UFZA hosted a wide spectrum of stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, to validate the report on Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on Free Zones in Uganda. This is the first step to reviewing the Free Zones Act, 2014. The event took place at Sheraton, Kampala where the draft report prepared by the Technical Working Group (TWG) was validated.
The TWG comprised of representatives from different Ministries, Departments and Government Agencies (MDAs) to inform options available to resolve the limitations experienced in the course of implementing the Free Zones law. The Authority also intends to create more streamlined administrative and regulatory processes to enable locally manufactured and processed goods to compete favorably in the international market, and to create an environment that will increase Uganda’s integration into the global supply and value chains.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Director of UFZA, Mr. Hez Kimoomi Alinda mentioned that the objective of the validation was to find solutions that increase industrial production for export, create jobs and linkages that lead to the prosperity of Ugandans.
Dr. Abubakar Muhammed Moki from the Cabinet Secretariat, informed the meeting that the RIA process is in line with the Cabinet Secretariat’s Guidelines on Good Regulation (2004) and is a critical requirement in the process of policy formulation. It should be able to identify the problem, solutions, options and alternatives that are which must be logical and informed by evidence.