UMA Executive Diretector Daniel Birungi

With less than two weeks left to the opening of the first school term of 2018, the UMA Back to School Expo/Bazaar is on for five days starting Wednesday at KCCA grounds in Lugogo, Kampala.

The Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) Executive Director Daniel Birungi says the event will help local manufacturers and other interested exhibitors to engage directly with the public, in a bid aimed at encouraging Ugandans consume locally made products in support of the Buy Uganda, Build Uganda (BUBU) agenda.

According to Birungi, the Expo has been organized to provide a one-stop shopping experience for parents ahead of the school opening on February 5, 2018. The exhibitors lined up represent sectors including foods and beverages, healthcare, textiles, personal care, toiletries, stationery, plastics and foam products.

Others include confectionery, dairy, banking and Insurance services, education services, design, publishing, and general merchandise.

The Expo also features career guidance and skilling sessions, raffles, a medical camp, and a dedicated children’s play area that will help to draw more visitors.

Birungi says entry to the Expo is free, a major factor in attracting more visitors.

“We anticipate receipt of 20,000 show visitors daily who will be mainly parents and students looking to fulfill their back to school requirements,” Birungi says.