🇺🇬 Kampala is the capital and largest city of Uganda and is divided into the five boroughs – Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division, and Rubaga Division. Kampala's metropolitan area consists of the city proper and the neighboring Wakiso District, Mukono District, Mpigi District, Buikwe District and Luweero District. It has a rapidly growing population that generated an estimated nominal GDP of $13.80221 billion, representing more than half of Uganda's GDP for the year, indicating the importance of Kampala to Uganda's economy. Kampala is reported to be among the fastest-growing cities in Africa, with an annual population growth rate of 4.03 percent. Mercer (a New York-based consulting firm) has regularly ranked Kampala as East Africa's best city to live in.
Efforts are underway to relocate heavy industry to the Kampala Business and Industrial Park, located in Namanve, Mukono District, approximately 14 km (8.7 mi) east of the city's central business district, thereby cutting down on city traffic congestion. Some of the businesses that maintain their headquarters in the city centre include all of the 25 commercial banks licensed in Uganda; the New Vision Group, the leading news media conglomerate and majority owned by the government; and the Daily Monitor publication, a member of the Kenya-based Nation Media Group. Air Uganda maintains its headquarters in an office complex on Kololo Hill in Kampala. Crown Beverages Limited, the sole Pepsi-Cola franchise bottler in the country, is situated in Nakawa, a division of Kampala, about 5 km (3 mi) east of the city centre.
The informal sector is a large contributor to Kampala's GDP, including agriculture, owning taxis and urban agriculture. The use of Kampala's wetlands for urban farming has increased over the past few decades. It connects the informal rural settlements with the more industrialised parts of the city. The produce grown in the wetlands is sold in markets in the urban areas. Kampala is served by Entebbe International Airport, which is the largest airport in Uganda.
Kampala is rated Beta − by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Beta level cities are cities that link moderate economic regions to the world economy.
Kampala was ranked #795 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Kampala has a population of over 1,650,800 people. Kampala also forms the centre of the wider Kampala metropolitan area which has a population of over 6,709,900 people. Kampala is ranked #369 for startups with a score of 0.634.
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