The Association was established in the 1960s, at a time when Uganda was having a young but robust industrial sector. However, the political social and economic turmoil of the 1970s interrupted the smooth growth of the Association. UMA, which was dormant throughout this period, was revived in April 1988.
Today, the Association is one of the largest organizations representing the broad industrial and commercial sectors of Uganda 's economy and an important forum for the private sector in the country. UMA has a membership comprising of close to 750 small, medium and large enterprises drawn from both the private and public sector.
VisionTo be among the most valued and respected business associations worldwide serving the interest of its members, shaping national and regional policies and leading the industrial sector towards sustainable global competitiveness.
MissionTo promote and protect the interests of industrialists and manufacturers in Uganda.
Core ValuesUMA incorporates the following six brand values in its services to members and the general public:-
Reliability Responsiveness to members' needs. Proactiveness to servicing members Accountability and transparency in the conduct of membership affairs. Effectiveness and efficiency anchored in professionalism, team work, time management innovation and practicing the concept of learning organization. Empathy and Assurance of membership benefits.
Goals and Objectives
To promote, protect and coordinate the interests of industrialists in Uganda.
To act as a watchdog and an effective mouth piece for it's members. To initiate discussions and exchange of information amongst members on industrial issues. To advise Government on key policies affecting industry.