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TradeMark East Africa logistics hub in Gulu

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

TradeMark East Africa logistics hub in Gulu

Trademark East Africa (TMEA) has launched the process of setting up a logistics centre in Gulu town to facilitate trade between Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Speaking to journalists at their offices in Kampala this morning, TMEA country director Moses Sabiiti said the organization has already secured $8m (Shs 28.8bn) from United Kingdom’s Department for Foreign Aid (DFID) and European Union for the world-class facility. “The hub will be able to handle 500,000 containers at one time, making it one of its kind in the region,” Sabiiti said.He explained that the Gulu Logistics Hub will be located at the current grounds of Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) – an intersession between road and railway. This land was given to TMEA – a not-for profit company established in 2010 to support the growth of trade in East Africa – by the Uganda government for this sole purpose. He said the design works have started and the subsequent works will be tendered out in June after the designs are complete. “Our aim is to change the job market in northern Uganda as we hope to create more jobs in the area. This will complement with government’s plan to rehabilitate and expand Gulu Airport, that will make easy importation of goods in and out of the region,” he said. According to Sabiiti, all merchandise going to South Sudan and DRC will go through this hub. Even relief supplies from World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) will be stored here.

Source: Observer Media Ltd