Ugandan businessman, Patrick Bitature has been appointed Board Chairman of Bollore Transport and Logistics company.
“I am humbled to be appointed as the Chairman of the Board of what is probably the biggest logistics company in Africa,” said Bitature in a statement on Thursday.
His appointment, he said, has come at a crucial time when Uganda needs a reliable partner as it steps up the quantity and quality of imports and exports.
The country’s imports and exports, he said are increasing as more Ugandans get interested, and invest in the economy.
“As a result of this, we are seeing an increase in the goods our country produces and exports. A good example of this is coffee. We currently export 7 million bags of coffee annually, but that number is fast increasing,” he said.
Uganda’s coffee exports in August 2021 amounted to 700,990,60 kilo bags worth $75.09 million (about 264 billion shillings), the highest ever recorded in a single month in the country’s history.
According to August Report by Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), of the 700,900,60 kilo bags, 636,458 bags were Robusta valued at $65.24 million and 64,532 bags of Arabica valued at $9.85 million.
“This was an increase of 34.89 and 63.06% in quantity and value respectively, compared to the same month last year,” UCDA stated.
In comparison to the quantity of coffee exported in August 2020, this year Robusta increased by 39% and 70.98% in quantity and value respectively, while Arabica exports increased by 4.44% and 24.80% in quantity and value respectively.
Meanwhile, Bitature said Uganda’s imports and exports will step further to include the long awaited oil and gas industry infrastructure.
“This means creating more jobs for East Africans in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda,” he said.
“There is an African proverb that says, ‘if you want to get a tough job done well and in time, give it to a busy and reliable person. So, I am honoured that Bollore Transport and Logistics Uganda has found me to be such a reliable person,”” said Bitature.