Uganda best hospitable destination for expatriates


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Uganda is now ranked 45th best destination for expatriates (expats) globally, second only to Kenya in Africa – according to a report by InterNations.

Kenya is 41st in Africa while Tanzania comes after Uganda in 50th position.

In common usage, the term expatriates is often used in the context of professionals or skilled workers sent abroad by their companies.

In a related report, Uganda is also ranked 16th most welcoming country globally, and No.1 in Africa.

This means that Ugandans are the friendliest people in Africa hence being called the ‪Pearl of Africa, according to State House.

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Meanwhile, Uganda is ranked 24th most peaceful nation in Africa and 111th globally, according to the 2015 Global Peace Index.

In East Africa, only Tanzania is rated more peaceful, ranked at #10 in Africa.

According to the report, Uganda spends almost US$ 3Billion (US$ 80 per person) on maintaining peace in the nation.

The country is ranked as Africa’s number one coffee exporter.

According to the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) Statistics, Uganda upstaged Ethiopia in 2014/2015 to become Africa’s number one coffee exporter and seventh globally.

Approximately 2.24million 60kg bags were exported by Uganda in the period.

In order to consolidate these gains, Uganda has also received a $1.3bn grant from USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative which seeks to improve Uganda’s coffee productivity for 20,000 smallholder farmers in 22 coffee growing districts.

According to the ICO, the demand for coffee is strong in many countries, particularly in traditional markets (Canada, EU, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, USA, others) but the biggest potential is in emerging markets (Algeria, Australia, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, others) and coffee exporting countries.

The International Coffee Organization (ICO), established 1963 in London, was initiated in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) to enhance cooperation between nations that consume, distribute and produce coffee.

As of 2014, its 45 members consist of 39 exporting nations, 6 importing nations and 1 importing community (the European Union).

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