The business environment of a country is a key determinant of economic growth of any country. If the environment isn’t conducive, then entrepreneurs and investors will look elsewhere. It is under this background that the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP), a 5-year project funded by the Government of Uganda with credit from the World Bank was launched. The project is supporting reforms geared towards improving the competitiveness of Uganda by improving the business environment, lowering the cost of doing business, and improving competitiveness of selected high-impact sectors.

We believe that creating a conducive environment for business in Uganda through reforms will enhance private sector growth, which in turn will contribute to economic growth, reduction in poverty, and subsequently increase prosperity.

CEDP is being coordinated by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda, and implemented by a number of government agencies including the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development; Ministry of Tourism, Wild Life and Antiquities; Uganda Tourism Board; Uganda Wildlife Authority; Uganda Registration Service Bureau; the Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute; and the Private Sector Foundation Uganda.

The partners are working together to improve Uganda’s competitiveness by creating a conducive climate for business and investments through: Improvement of access and security of land tenure; Reduction in the burden for businesses with registration and licensing procedures; Development of a competitive tourism industry; Enhanced capacity and productivity of enterprises.


The CEDP Project Development Objective (PDO) is to improve the competitiveness of enterprises in Uganda by providing support to the implementation of business environment reforms. These reforms include land administration and the development of priority productive and service sectors.

To achieve the above objective, the project is implementing the following reforms;

(i) Business Environment Reforms: Implemented in the areas of business registrations and licensing and scaling up of the land administration reform activities, previously carried out under the Second Private Sector Competitiveness Project (PSCPII). This project will increase land tenure security and reduce the time taken to transfer land ownership. Reforms aimed at simplifying business registration and licensing procedures is being undertaken and will help lower the cost of doing business, thereby making firms more competitive.

(ii) Development of priority and productive sectors: The project is supporting the development of priority productive and service sectors identified in the Second Competitiveness Investment Climate Strategy (CICSII) such as tourism and export of non-traditional products. These sectors are benefiting from a Matching Grant Facility to help increase exports, raise income and create employment. Support to the tourism sector is focused on addressing persistent constraints through skills development, product and labour force development.


    •   Reduction in the number of days taken registering land from 52 in 2010 to 25 days by 2019.


    •   Reduction in the number of days taken to register a business from 33 in 2010 to 5 days by 2019.


    •  Reduction in the cost of doing business as a percentage of income from 76.6% to 50% by 2019


    •  Increase in the number to visit select tourists sites (National Parks) from 190,112 to 400,000 tourists.


    •  Increase in exports of non-traditional products by 10%.


    •  Matching Grant Facility to reach 500 direct project beneficiaries.