By Patrick Edward Musisi
Executives from Bungoma County Council, Kenya have visited Roofings Ltd and Quality Chemicals Industries on the fifth day of their industrial and business study tour in Uganda.
The tour, organised by Uganda’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Phibbi Awere Otaala, is aimed at identifying investment opportunities in Uganda.
The team is led by Bungoma County Governor, Wycliffe W. Wangamati.
According to Otaala, the idea to visit Uganda was innitiated in response to President Museveni’s vision of enabling Uganda’s neighbours share in the country’s abundant endowment, especially at a time when the regional integration drive is fast taking roots.
At the Quality Chemical Industries in Luzira, the Chief Executive Officer Nevin Bradford expressed pride over his company’s contribution to scaling down HIV/Aids transmission. He said the battle is spearheaded by the first family.
Wangamati expressed dissatisfaction with politicians who prioritise personal interests at the cost of sensitising communities on disease combating approaches, and expressed optimism that with the Kenyans joining hands with Ugandans in the partnership through industrialization and tourism, this state of affairs will be fought.
Over the course of a week, the Kenyan delegation was present as President Museveni commissioned a phosphate factory at Osukuru early this week.
They then met met the Second Deputy Premier Haji Ali Kirunda Kivejinja at his office before visiting Namunkekeera Agricultural Processing Industries Ltd (NAPIL) in Nakaseke district. NAPIL was commissioned last February by President Museveni and started by Special Presidential Advisor and the President’s younger brother Gen. Salim Saleh Akandwanaho.
In an acclimatization meeting with Uganda Investment Authority Deputy Director Godfrey Semakula mid week, the team was briefed about the authority’s second phase of extending industries throughout the country to counter the employment and development challenge.
Semakula said the overall objective is to avail an opportunity to all Ugandans countrywide to benefit from the industrialization wave sweeping the country, and to as much as possible create employment opportunities.