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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Uganda has recorded a trade surplus of U.S. $2.3 billion dollars

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda has recorded a trade surplus of 2.3 billion U.S. dollars for the first time in recent years, with 3.9 billion dollars of goods and services exported to the east, south and west African area in 2018, the country's president Yoweri Museveni said Monday.

Uganda's foreign exchange earnings in the financial year 2017-2018 stood at about 6.6 billion dollars, while 7.7 billion dollars were spent on imports of goods and services.

With numerous new factories being commissioned, the earnings will grow, the president said.

Uganda's exports in regional trade include steel and steel products, dairy products, beverages, electronics, grains (maize, millet, rice, beans), fruits and vegetables, spices, coffee, tea, sugar and confectionery, and plastic products.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Uganda annual inflation falls to 2.2 per cent in December

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda's annual headline inflation rate for the year ending December declined to 2.2 percent, down from from 3.0 percent recorded in the year ended November, the country's statistics bureau said here on Monday.

"The decline in headline inflation is largely attributed to the annual food crops and related items inflation for the year ending December 2018, which decelerated further to minus 5.0 percent compared to minus 3.3 percent recorded for the year ended November 2018," the Uganda Bureau of Statistics said in a statement.

The annual core inflation dropped to 2.8 percent for the year ending December, compared to 3.4 percent recorded in the year ended November.

The annual energy, fuels and utilities inflation also declined, to 6.9 percent for the year ending December, down from 7.7 percent for the year ending November 2018.
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Uganda resumes Ebola screening as border with DR Congo re-opens

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda has resumed Ebola screening for all arrivals from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the border between the two countries re-opened on Monday.

The border was closed on Sunday for balloting in DRC presidential elections.

Uganda's ministry of health spokesperson Emma Ainebyona told Xinhua by telephone that their staff were already stationed at all crossing points to carry out screening.

"Uganda remains on high alert following the elections in DRC yesterday.

"The Ministry of Health, together with its partners, will continue its Ebola screening at all border points and airports to ensure the Ebola virus does not spread into Uganda," Ainebyona said.

"We maintain high surveillance and active case search in the community.

"There is no confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda," the spokesperson added.

Parts of eastern DRC are currently facing an outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

The highly contagious Ebola virus causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding, according to the World Health Organization.

           

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