Ugandan Govt Ban Mattresses Importation.

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China’s foray into Africa and the growing Chinese factories in Uganda have forced government to push for a ban on importation of locally manufactured products such as military shoes, steel, blankets, mattresses, boda-boda tyres and mosquito nets.



The proposed ban according to Investment minister, Ms Evelyn Anite, seeks to protect local manufacturers, create jobs for Ugandans and boost export earnings.

Sources close to Cabinet told Daily Monitor, that Ministry of Finance was tasked to work with Uganda Investment Authority, Uganda National Bureau of Standards and Trade Ministry to assess the capacity of local and foreign factories in Uganda so as to pick on the products to be banned next financial year.

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The President has on several occasions criticised importers under Kampala City Traders Association (Kacita) and described Uganda as “a supermarket of foreign products.” Last week during the commissioning of six factories in Namanve, President Museveni warned government accounting officers to stop importing goods that can be manufactured by local firms.

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