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|Title:||Trade Liberalization and Poverty in Uganda|
|Publisher:||Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Abstract:||The research study examined the link between trade liberalization and poverty in Uganda. Empirical data was collected from the districts of Soroti (Pingire sub-county) and Bukedea (Kidongole sub-county) in Eastern Uganda using a partial correlation research design where both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used. Various sampling techniques were employed to select the respondents; these were the purposive, simple random sampling and snowball techniques. Quantitative data analysis (i.e. the parametric approach) was used to ease the procedure of classifying and sorting of data while the Qualitative data analysis method was utilized owing to the partially descriptive and observational nature of the research study. The findings of the study show that trade liberalization in the cotton sub-sector is. at best, very weakly correlated or associated with growth and therefore poverty reduction in the districts of Soroti (Pingire sub-county) and Bukedea (Kidongole sub-county) in Eastern Uganda. This is primarily due to the perpetually depressed global cotton price. The following recommendations were subsequently suggested, (i) significant value addition in the sub-sector most especially in the textile industry, (ii) capacity building for farmers’ groups, (iii) the promotion of commercial plantations, block estate farming and nucleus estates and, (iv) the revival ofthe old cotton price stabilization fund. The study also suggests that the concept of selective government intervention in the trade mechanism, be considered. Trade liberalization essentially entails the complete eradication of all barriers to trade (i.e. tariffs, quotas, zoning restrictions, etc.), regardless of whether this leads to the destruction of domestic manufacturing capacity or not. Take the textile sector in Uganda, for example, it will not develop into an established industry if imports of cheap second-hand apparel from Europe and the United States are continually given perpetual free entry into the country. This researcher, therefore, advocates for targeted discriminatory duties or tariffs (quantitative restrictions) to be levied on these infant textile industry ‘killers’ in an effort to restrain their flow into Uganda and hopefully give the local textile sector an opportunity to mature.Keywords: Trade Liberalization, Poverty, Cotton Sub-Sector|
|Description:||A thesis submitted to the school of Postgraduate Studies (Spgs) in partial fulfillment for the requirements for the Award of a Master Of Arts Degree in Project Planning and Management (Mappm) Of Kampala International University (KIU)|
|Appears in Collections:||Masters of Arts in Project Planning and Management|
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