(Xinhua) -- Uganda has recorded a
trade surplus of 2.3 billion U.S. dollars for the first time in
recent years, with 3.9 billion dollars of goods and services
exported to the east, south and west African area in 2018, the
country's president Yoweri Museveni said Monday.
Uganda's foreign exchange earnings in the financial year
2017-2018 stood at about 6.6 billion dollars, while 7.7 billion
dollars were spent on imports of goods and services.
With numerous new factories being commissioned, the earnings
will grow, the president said.
Uganda's exports in regional trade include steel and steel
products, dairy products, beverages, electronics, grains (maize,
millet, rice, beans), fruits and vegetables, spices, coffee,
tea, sugar and confectionery, and plastic products.
Uganda annual inflation
falls to 2.2 per cent in December
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda's annual headline inflation rate
for the year ending December declined to 2.2 percent, down from
from 3.0 percent recorded in the year ended November, the
country's statistics bureau said here on Monday.
"The decline in headline inflation is largely attributed to
the annual food crops and related items inflation for the year
ending December 2018, which decelerated further to minus 5.0
percent compared to minus 3.3 percent recorded for the year
ended November 2018," the Uganda Bureau of Statistics said in a
The annual core inflation dropped to 2.8 percent for the year
ending December, compared to 3.4 percent recorded in the year
The annual energy, fuels and utilities inflation also
declined, to 6.9 percent for the year ending December, down from
7.7 percent for the year ending November 2018.
Uganda resumes Ebola
screening as border with DR Congo re-opens
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda has resumed Ebola screening for all
arrivals from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
after the border between the two countries re-opened on Monday.
The border was closed on Sunday for balloting in DRC
Uganda's ministry of health spokesperson Emma Ainebyona told
Xinhua by telephone that their staff were already stationed at
all crossing points to carry out screening.
"Uganda remains on high alert following the elections in DRC
"The Ministry of Health, together with its partners, will
continue its Ebola screening at all border points and airports
to ensure the Ebola virus does not spread into Uganda,"
"We maintain high surveillance and active case search in the
"There is no confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda," the
Parts of eastern DRC are currently facing an outbreak of the
deadly hemorrhagic fever.
The highly contagious Ebola virus causes a range of symptoms
including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise
and in many cases internal and external bleeding, according to
the World Health Organization.