By: Ismael Kasooha
The Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah met a group of industrialists in the Italian City of Milan who are training youths in skills.
Nabbanja was leading a Ugandan Delegation that comprises the Executive Director of Uganda Investment Authority, Dr. Robert Mukiza and other technocrats to convince Italian investors to come to Uganda.
She first met De Lorenzo SPA Engineering training solutions at their factory in Milan where she assured the De Lorezo management that Uganda was a youthful country with well-educated people who only needed to be sharpened to suit their needs.
“Uganda has a young and educated population who have skills to perform any task so long as they are oriented in that field. So when you come to Uganda, labour is assured,” said Nabbanja.
Nabbanja said that De Lorenzo are good partners and asked them to come to Uganda because it was peaceful and is a regional business hub for East Africa and the Great Lakes region. She appealed to them to come up with arrangements aimed at adding value to agricultural products in Uganda that are being wasted due to poor post-harvest handling.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of De Lorenzo SPA Prosperi Mateo assured the delegation that they were ready to invest in Uganda formerly and were currently supplying equipment to Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba and are ready to support the Government of Uganda.
Mateo said that as a company, they had decided to donate a training hub to the Government of Uganda to help in skilling Ugandans. “We have decided to establish a training center in Uganda and the government will decide where to locate it,” said Mateo.
The Prime Minister also met educationists led by Dr. Letizia Moratti, from the E4Impact in Milan. Moratti expressed willingness to partner with Uganda and invest in the education sector by establishing an entrepreneurship center in Northern Uganda.
Dr. Robert Mukiza, the Executive Director, Uganda Investment Authority told the industrialists that Uganda had all they needed to start business and get profits. “What is missing is only investors to come and start work because as a country, the environment is very conducive and we offer subsidies,” said Mukiza.
The Prime Minister was in Italy to market Uganda as an investment hub in East and central Africa.
They visited workshops and other facilities for training in Milan.