U.S. Relations With Uganda

Bureau of African Affairs
Fact Sheet
June 2, 2017


More information about Uganda is available on the Uganda Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-UGANDA RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Uganda in 1962, following Uganda’s formal independence from the United Kingdom. In the post-independence period, the country endured despotism and near economic collapse. The human rights abuses of several Ugandan governments strained U.S. relations with Uganda.

President Museveni came to power in 1986, after decades of internal strife. Under Museveni, Uganda has experienced relative political stability, democratic progress, and economic growth. Uganda faces numerous challenges, however, that could affect future stability, including explosive population growth, power and infrastructure constraints, corruption, underdeveloped democratic institutions, and human rights deficits.

Uganda has been a reliable partner for the U.S. in promoting stability in the Horn and East/Central Africa and combatting terror, particularly through its contribution to the African Union Mission in Somalia.

U.S. Assistance to Uganda

The United States provides significant development and security assistance to Uganda, with a total assistance budget exceeding $840 million per year. The U.S. government plays a key role in supporting the professionalization of the military and police force, providing anti-retroviral treatment for more than 890,000 HIV-positive Ugandans, and advancing programs to boost economic growth, agricultural productivity, educational outcomes, and democratic governance. The U.S. Mission is working with the GOU to improve tax collection and oil revenue management, to enable it to increase funding for public services and the national response to HIV/AIDS.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Uganda is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. U.S. exports to Uganda include machinery, optical and medical instruments, wheat, and aircraft. U.S. imports from Uganda include coffee, cocoa, base metals, and fish and seafood. The United States has committed to signing trade and investment framework agreements with the East African Community and with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa; negotiations are underway. Uganda is a member of both regional organizations.

Uganda's Membership in International Organizations

Uganda and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The current U.S. Ambassador to Uganda is Deborah Malac. Other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List. Uganda maintains an embassy in the United States at 5911 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011 (tel. 202-726-7100).

More information about Uganda is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Uganda Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Uganda Page
U.S. Embassy
USAID Uganda Page
History of U.S. Relations With Uganda
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Country Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Millennium Challenge Corporation: Uganda
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel Information