The Competitiveness and Enterprise Development project (CEDP) is a Government of Uganda project aimed at supporting reforms geared towards improving competitiveness of Uganda. The project that is funded by the World Bank will improve the business environment to lower the costs of doing business and improve competitiveness of selected high-impact sectors.

The Government of Uganda has delegated the coordination responsibility to the Private Sector Foundation Uganda. This is because the project aim to empower the private sector to become more competitive, create jobs and in the long run contribute to the economic growth of Uganda. The steady growth that has been witnessed in Uganda over the last 20 years has in part been hugely contributed by the Private Sector Foundation. The private sector therefore needs to be supported to continue on this trajectory

The CEDP project is to ease way of doing business in Uganda by implementing reforms in the key business areas of land and business registration as well as support key clusters to create a conducive environment for growth.

The CEDP project is being implemented through 5 government agencies, namely, Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD), Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MTTI), Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA), The Jinja Tourism and Hotel Training Institute (HTTI) The Uganda Registration Bureau (URSB) and the Private Sector Foundation (PSFU). For more information, please download our brochure (About Us) on or visit the website of the respective agencies

1. Land Reforms:
2. Business Registration and Licensing: Reforms in business registration and licensing to reduce the burden and cost of doing business while dealing with registration and licensing procedures.
3. Competitiveness of the Tourism Industry: Reforms in the tourism industry in order to strengthen public and private sector stakeholder collaboration and develop a competitive tourism industry.
4. Matching Grant Facility: To provide matching grants to beneficiaries for implementing business development services in the key sectors of Coffee, horticulture

This is the provision of matching grant to private sector enterprises in the sectors of Agri-Business, Fisheries, Tourism and Information Technology and business process outsourcing. Successful firms obtain grants up to a cumulative value of USD100, 000. The support will be matched 50/50

Call for proposals will be requested through the mass media, but also with the associations. Look out for this or contact the office of the Matching Grant Manager for further details.

Reforms have been taking place in the land office and it has started showing results. But having said that, the reform is a process and it will take long to be able to get us to the time when you can for example register your land within a few days. For example, the land office is now fully automated that means that the security of your land documents is secured. Zonal offices have been opened to make carrying out transactions easy. The land survey institute is renovated – these are all process leading to easing the way we transact land business. At the end of the project, we would like to see people register land in weeks’ time, more qualified staff dealing in land issues, land arbitration managed efficiently and growth in agri-business.

Part of the inefficiency and issues in the land office has been a result of the many unprofessional and unqualified people masquerading as land experts including quack surveyors. One of the key objective of the project is to build the capacity of staff in the land office, renovate and equip the only Government Survey institute in Entebbe, automate the land processes so that there is no need for middlemen who escalate bribery and strengthening of the capacity of the Ministry of Justice to efficiently handle land disputes. All these will go along in easing up the land transaction processes.

The key sectors is a result of the Country strategy review that revealed that for Uganda to be able to meet its aspiration of becoming a middle income country, it needs to remove the barriers and constraints of doing business. These include amongst others the current complexities of registering a business, the issue of land registration, tenure, ownership and security that makes it difficult for investors and owners to do business as well as reforms in the tourism industry that has been growing and becoming a big forex earner for the country. In addition, there is also a need to boost key sectors such as agri-business, tourism and information technology to promote growth.

We have put stringent measures in place to ensure that the project is managed effectively and efficiently. Experienced people have been hired and systems put in place to ensure the project money is used for its intended purpose.
We aim to use fair, open and transparent practices especially in our procurement processes. If you have any complaints with any of our services including procurement, services, employment or any process during the implementation of the CEDP project, please contact the Project Coordinator CEDP or the Executive Director, PSFU

For the Matching Grand Facility, click on the fact sheet and get more information. For the public, we shall periodically carry out open days to show you what the project is achieving.

The process of submitting a proposal for the matching grant facility is absolutely free. Also the process or responding to a bid is free. If anyone asks you to pay for any of this services, again, get the details and call us.

Visit the Competitiveness Enterprise Development Project
Project Coordination Unit
Private Sector Foundation, Lower Building,
Plot 43 Nakasero Road
P.O Box 7683
Email: info@cedp.go.ug or Website: www.cedp.go.ug