Economy of Jinja
Originally Jinja was the largest industrial centre in Uganda. Due to a number of reasons including expulsion of the Asian entrepreneurs in 1972, the civil wars that ensued, unfavourable macro-economic policies and developments at national level and the influence of changes in the world market this economic base drastically declined.
Presently the main economic activities in Jinja Municipality comprise of commercial activities that take place in the Central Business District (CBD) where markets, supermarkets, wholesale and retail shops, commercial institutions, industries, service shops, workshops and garages are found. Commerce is the dominant component of the economy followed by the Service Sector, Manufacturing Sector, Construction and then Agriculture. The greatest concentrations of commercial activities occur in the Town Centre especially along Main Street.