Kagera

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Overview
The preparation of regional investment profile has been undertaken as part of the Kagera region strategy towards accelerating   economic growth and reducing poverty through increasing in investment flow. It was guided by an overall objective of undertaking critical analysis of the investment profile of Kagera region and come up with an informative and enticing regional investment profile and strategy which will attract potential investors to exploit investment potentials for economic growth and poverty reduction in the region.
 
Despite available investment potentials the Kagera region has not benefited in terms of investment flow from both within and outside the region.  This profile has been prepared in seven (7) chapters as follows:-
Chapter one covers the broader country context, regional cooperation,  the economy and the markets, regional location, land, climate and topography, population, agro ecological zones, administrative as well as concept of investment. The concept of investment is discussed in chapter one to remind the investor on how well to invest in the viable investment projects due to available investment opportunities.
 
Chapter two; explains the existing economic profile using  macroeconomic indicators including the following sectors; agricultural sector that is dominated with smallholder farmers who operate on a relatively small area growing different crop enterprise such as coffee, tea, banana, and other crops. Others are such as agro-processing particularly on tea and sugar cane, transport (marine, road and air), tourism (hotels) and tours guide and others. Provision of education and health services is largely by the government. Utilization of available natural resources includes fishing, lumbering, bee keeping and small scale mining scale. Tourism is an area that is more profitable as there are Kamisi Game Reserve and Burigi Game Reserve with a lot of wild animals plus other tourist sites. A relatively big water surface has provided an opportunity for fishing activity and fish processing.
 
Chapter three presents the existing investment situation in the region in the sectors of agriculture, livestock, fishing, mining, industries, tourism, beekeeping, and wildlife. The chapter elaborates that few investments exist in the region implying that there is still a huge potentials for investment.
 
Chapter four; generally, Kagera region has diversified investment opportunities that have not been exploited to benefit the people in the region. The region possesses a range of investment potentials in areas of agriculture, natural resources (such as minerals, forest, beekeeping, land, fisheries, and water), livestock, tourism (especially tourist attractions including historical sites and endemic species, and culture and values). Other areas with investment opportunities include a series and/or network of islands in Lake Victoria, agro-processing, waterfalls, trade, transport, fisheries, and the Kagera region strategic location. 
 
None of the existing investment opportunities in the region have been enough tapped and exploited at its maximum yield capacity, though exploitation of some of them requires minimum strategic interventions by the regional authorities. Apart from that, some strategic action has been set  by the region include, marketing of tourist attractions as there a number of attractive historical sites and episodes so as fastern investment flow in the region. 
 
There are various sources of capital in the market (both local and external). The regional government has been targeting potential investors and meeting with them for negotiations to attract them for investment in Kagera.
Chapter five, explains the management and facilitation of investment including investment policy & legislation, land matters, areas earmarked for land banks as well as how is regional government is facilitating investors in acquiring land for investment.
 
Reasons to Invest in Kagera
  A climate suitable for both tourism and agriculture
  Peace and political stability that offers a safe environment with low crime rates.
  High growth potential.
  An   inexpensive and trainable workforce
  A source of skills in the local education institutions
 Transport links with other regions and proximity to neighboring countries (Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and DRC.)