April 25, 2007


Japan grants access to Ugandan fish



Japan has opened 99 percent of its seafood market to Uganda.


Uganda's ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Arsene Balihuta, said this is an opportunity for the African nation, especially now that Japan has allowed its fish products to be exported there duty and tariff-free.


He added that Japanese consumers are voracious seafood eaters with great spending power. A fish in Uganda can fetch 5 or 6 times as much in Japan, he noted.


Besides fish, the Japanese are also interested in beef and beans.


However, a few problems would have to be ironed out before Uganda can profit from the opportunity. A major problem would be a lack of consistency and failure to export products in the required quantities, Balihuta said.