Ugandan Manufacturing IndustryDynamic look at Engineering, Technology and Innovation in Uganda.What Engineering is about,  and the opportunities involved in different sectors as regards to Engineering.

Uganda is a country located in East Africa.It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania, situating the country in the African Great lakes Region region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally equatorial climate.

Engineering Industry

The Ugandan Engineering field having transversely gone through a lot of ups and downs through Political,Social and  Economical setbacks, it has to this day worked out its its way to a stage that is relatively appreciable not only at East African Standards but to Africa and the World though this is to some extent.

A lot of issues have contributed to both the country’s achievements and setbacks as far as the Engineering and technology is concerned. I intend to look at a variety of such issues here as well as the News and current trends in this very field.

It is worth mentioning that just like other countries, states and Republics, Uganda’s Manufacturing industry in my own perspective has to a greater extent been reliant on the political aspects and this entails Scientific research and Innovation.

oboteFor as the once President of the Republic of Uganda Dr Milton OboteA Ugandan statesman who was elected to the Legislative Council Leader, founded the Uganda People’s Congress, Prime minister (1962–71), and President (1967–71, 1981–5), in his Independence Day Speech said that

“We have paid attention to the design of that machinery. First, we require political stability. My Government will seek to maintain that stability, by the strict maintenance of law and order, by retaining the confidence of the voters, and by upholding the freedom of the individual. Secondly, we require to safeguard the economy. This we will do by diversifying and improving our agriculture, providing incentives to industry, and creating conditions which encourage foreign investment.”

The Ugandan Manufacturing Industry is very limited in Uganda The most important sectors are the processing of agricultural products (such as coffee curing), the manufacture of light consumer goods and textiles, and the production of beverages, electricity, and cement.

As reliable sources reveal, The privatization of industry is a central dynamic in Uganda’s contemporary national economy. This is of central importance considering that government subsidies to parastatals were equal to that spent on much needed education between 1994-1998.
The secondary sector of the economy or industrial sector includes those economic sectors that create a finished, tangible product: production and construction.

As much as some economists contrast wealth-producing sectors in an economy such as manufacturing with the service sector which tends to be wealth-consuming, Manufacturing is an important activity to promote economic growth and development. Nations that export manufactured products tend to generate higher marginal GDP growth, which supports higher incomes and marginal tax revenue needed to fund the quality-of-life initiatives such as health care and infrastructure in the economy.

Manufacturing Industries in Uganda


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