China has extended to Uganda a grant of USD30 million (approximately Shs100bn) into skilling Ugandans who will work in industries and factories.
The grant is going to fund the construction of the industrial skills training and production center in the Namanve Industrial Park in Wakiso district.
While addressing the Chinese delegates at the ground breaking ceremony of the center at Namanve on Thursday, the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said, “There is an urgent need for government to accelerate industrialization in order to create Jobs, to reduce poverty and promote inclusive development.”
Rugunda said that as per the Africa development bank policy, “Agriculture must be at the forefront of Africa’s industrialization.”
According to him, it is the course Uganda has been taking as a country.
He however noted that agriculture alone was not sufficient enough to enhance modernization.
“Agriculture must be complimented by industrialization in order to advance to the middle income economy,” said Rugunda.
He pointed out the pillars of industrialization as “appropriate technology, Human capital and affordable financing,” adding that the setting up of the multibillion skills and production centre will answer the first two pillars.
The center will address different specialties among them motor motion control and computer numerical technology.
The industrial skills training and production center will also be producing different industrial parts that will be used by Uganda and made by Ugandans.
The industrial parts production will both produce for local and export market.
Rugunda urged the Uganda industrial research institution to carry on with industrial research and come with up more innovations.
He commended China for enabling the project from “a proposal to concrete reality”.
On the same occasion, Zheng Zhu Qiang, the Chinese ambassador to Uganda said China will help Uganda achieve modernization through transfer of modern technology into Uganda.
He pledged that China will also increase its cooperation with Uganda in other projects in order to ensure Uganda achieves modern development by 2040.
The implementation of this project will enable Uganda industrial research institute (UIRI) to produce skilled man power in Uganda.
Namanve, where the game changing centre is going to be constructed, currently boasts of 21 running industries and more are under construction.