As business grows and Ugandan businessmen and manufacturers scavenge more for ready market in southern Sudan, companies in Uganda have decided to start manufacturing their goods in southern Uganda.
Speaking on behalf of the companies that intend to start up factories in Southern Sudan, the manager of Lion bottled gin, Amos Mukakali said, “Since there is a big market in southern Sudan, we have decided to start up factories there. I have already secured land in the southern Sudan capital of Juba. I will soon erect a factory there.”
Uganda’s leading mineral water company, Rwenzori bottling company is planning setting up a mineral water industry in Southern Sudan (Juba) to save the Ugandan based company from transporting water all the way to Sudan.
Rwenzori, which was in the past couple of weeks bought by SAB Miller, the brew masters of Nile beer, one of the most drunk beer in the country are currently proposing to increase out from 137 million litres to 171 million litres in order to deal with the ever increasing demand in Southern Sudan.
The managing director of the company, Kirowi Suma said that their water is on high demand in southern Sudan and they are confident they will not regret starting a factory there.
Late February, Traders from Uganda welcomed the signing of an agreement that established a joint trade committee responsible for addressing trade issues between the two countries.
The agreement, according to officials, will improve already existing trade links and deal with concerns such as taxation, immigration, border delays and harassment which have been affecting trade between the two countries.
Earlier in the month of February, a first ever trade show exhibition involving traders, businessmen and industrialists from Uganda and Southern Sudan took place in the Southern Sudan capital of Juba. An outcome of improved trade ties between the two countries.