By Namugerwa Martha


Uganda shined at Astana expo 2017 in Kazakhstan last week as it showcased her business, tourism and national achievements.

The Astana Expo is an international trade platform that provides opportunity for companies, including those in Uganda, keen on penetrating the Kazakhstan market and Eastern European markets.

Uganda showcased and promoted their products and services throughout a three month period, over 5 million visitors attended the event that runs from June to September.

The highlights of the Uganda day on July 24th 2017 included a press conference, a presentation about Uganda through a statement by the head of the delegation, a video on Uganda and entertainment by Ugandan drummers and dancers. The day was crowned by a meeting with business leaders and a dinner.

The Expo theme this year is “Future Energy.” With three major sub themes that include; Future Energy for Africa; Biodiversity in Africa; African Cultural Diversity.  

Uganda’s delegation constituted a government and private sector team led by the Charge d’Affaires Uganda Embassy Moscow, Ambassador Gideon Rutazindwa, Uganda Export Promotion Board, represented by the Executive Director, Dr. Elly Twineyo, Ronald Baluku  from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an official from the Ministry of Energy  and representatives from the Private Sector Foundation, Uganda Tea Growers Association and a Ugandan Entertainment group.

While Speaking at the expo, Amb. Rutazindwa said that Uganda is proud to have participated in the historic event and invited participants to visit the Uganda pavilion and the country atlarge.


“We hope that the people of Kazakhstan get a glimpse of our mountain gorillas and all the beauty that Uganda has to offer, taste of Uganda tea; coffee;  and a catalogue of existing investment opportunities at the Ugandan pavilion”Amb. Rutazindwa said.