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A million jobs forecast in 6 new business parks

The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has rolled out an ambitious plan to build six new industrial and business parks.

Namanve Industrial Park
Shs 500 billion more planned for Namanve Industrial Park

Authority sources say that the parks will be located in Jinja, Nakasongola, Arua, Buliisa, Gulu and Lira districts.

The drive to breathe more life into private sector investment will also benefit from government’s plan to secure an additional Shs 500 billion to complete Kampala Industrial and Business Park (KIBP), Namanve.

According to a strategic plan that will run until 2021, the parks will promote Uganda as a destination for profitable investment, business and innovation.

It is anticipated that the resulting investment could create an estimated 1,000,000 (one million) jobs by 2021.

The UIA strategy follows President Museveni’s directive to fast-track development of the 22 gazetted industrial parks countrywide as a means to accelerated industrialisation, job creation, wealth growth and inclusive development.

Already, Kiira Motors Corporation is extending electricity and water to the Jinja Industrial and Business Park where their vehicle plant is to be situated.

The contribution to employment is estimated at over 850 jobs in the start-up investment phase. At full-scale operation, 2,000 jobs will be created directly and over 12,000 indirectly.

The authority also plans to develop four regional Science, Technology and Industrial Parks (Stips) over the five-year period.

Each Stip will house a “German-model multi-skills development centre” to offer broad-based, multi-disciplinary and hands-on training in various industrial and technical fields.

The objective of this German model of vocational education and training is to produce ‘industry ready’ skilled graduates.

UIA has also proposed four regional Israeli-model agribusiness technical and vocational skills institutes. Central Uganda’s institute will be located in Nakaseke District. It will focus on crop agriculture and animal resources value chains.

Eastern Uganda’s is planned for the border of Katakwi (Teso sub-region) and Napak districts (Karamoja sub-region). It will teach dryland agriculture with irrigation and animal resources value chain.

The Northern Uganda institute will be located in Rhino Camp, Arua District on the banks of the River Nile. UIA sees aqua-culture (commercial fish farming), apiary (commercial bee keeping and honey production), and citrus/fruits value chains being taught here.

In Western Uganda, Kabarole District has been selected to host the school dealing in livestock and diary value chain.

Financing for these regional centres will tap into Shs 500 billion innovation fund set up by Museveni, according to UIA. The agribusiness and vocational institutes are expected to feed into the industrial parks in their respective regional catchment areas. They will admit young people with qualifications right from ‘O’ levels, certificates, diplomas to degrees.

Training and mentoring in both the German and Israel models centres is expected to take between 1-2 years. Both should be operational by 2019/2020, according to UIA with at least 500 students at the opening. Over 2,000 skilled graduates are being projected by 2021.

This new blue-print hopes to make Uganda a profitable hub and destination for investment. It is based on the country being a land of entrepreneurial and innovative people.

International goodwill towards Uganda is to be harnessed by UIA through global strategic partnerships with China, South Korea, Israel and Singapore to ensure that this plan to accelerate industrialisation is achieved.

Comments

0 #1 gwok 2018-01-07 22:57
My Dears, (a) a country without cheap power resources does not have a competitive advantage to industrilize and compete effectively in the global market, (b) Our universities are not tuned to preparing the youth in that direction, (c) corruption at all levels of our government is killing businesses, (d)

The current appalling Infrastructure cannot support a meaningful industralization, (e) etc. I say this: there is a lot of AIR in Uganda. Let us have that for the time being.
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+1 #2 Jsseb 2018-01-08 01:58
Nothing can move forward with bad governance.

No investor of any substance is ready to dump resources in such an unstable political environment.

It’s politics stupid my friends; clean that and your short and long economic goals will become a reality.
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+1 #3 WADADA rogers 2018-01-08 08:50
Wapi, this is only on paper, some of these jobs are created by foreigners to employ their own, Ugandans will not benefit.

I have always seen the majority of high ranking security guards at Sudir's business are all indians, ffe tufunilamu wa
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0 #4 rubangakene 2018-01-08 22:24
Imagine after thirty years! By now Aswa Government Ranch which was a 'masterpiece in large -scale agricultural concern in the sixties has been left out again of the "master plan"; why? because the 'balaalo' are free-lancing with their cattle there.

The government should revitalise that ranch with a dedicated and modern model College (not a university) of agriculture and associated disciplines that encompasses practical and related research.
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