President Museveni has said there is need for the country to accelerate industrialization in order to create jobs, reduce poverty and promote inclusive economic growth.

He said Agriculture in itself is not sufficient for modernizing the economy and urged that protracted industrialization must complement the country’s agricultural initiatives to enable it achieve its goal of middle income status.

The President made the remarks in a speech read for him by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda during the official ground breaking ceremony of the China –Aided Industrial Skills Training and Production Center Project in Uganda  at Namanve Industrial Park on Thursday.

The China –Aided Industrial Skills Training and Production Center Project in Uganda will be constructed on a 15-acre plot and is funded by the government of China under the 30 Million Dollar grant which was negotiated by His Excellency, President Museveni.

Mr. Museveni said projects like the China-Aided Industrial Skills Training and Production Center promotes industrialization which enhances and fast tracks value addition to Uganda’s agricultural produce earning the country more money and also improving household incomes.

He thanked China for its support and noted that the project is anchored on the three pillars of industrialization, namely; appropriate technology, human capital and affordable financing.

He said these pillars will enable the center to address and manage country’s challenges of skilled manpower and technology.

“The Project we are launching today is intended to address appropriate technology and human capital by introducing modern methods and practices for machining and manufacturing. This project will address skills in the following specialties; mechatronics, CNC machining and Precision machining,” the President said.

The Ambassador of China to Uganda, His Excellency Zhen Zhu Qiang said the project will spur Uganda’s economic growth if supported by the country’s enormous resources.

He said the center is one of the projects the Chinese government is undertaking under its China- Africa Industrialization plan, aimed at helping countries in Africa achieve their national objectives and goals.

He pledged China’s continued support to the Government of Uganda.

The Minister of Science, Innovation and Technology, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye said the project will steer the country’s economic growth as it answers directly to the local needs of sustainability.

The Minister of state for investment and Privatization, Evelyne Anite said the country faces a massive challenge of unskilled labour force which the center will address.

The project will catalyze the country into a middle income status as it will provide enough skills to the enormous industrial parks spurring in the country,” Anite said.

The Industrial Skills and Training and Production Center project whose construction commenced on 30th November, last year, is estimated to be complete by the end of 2019. The Center will have 17 separate buildings which will include, the office building, teaching and training structures, dormitories and production workshops among others.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

BY DOREEN NASASIRA