KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
The Ugandan government on Thursday launched the
construction of a 200 million yuan (32 million U.S. dollars)
China-aided industrial skills training and production center.
Minister Ruhakana Ruganda, on behalf of President Yoweri
Museveni, launched the groundbreaking ceremony for the
construction of the project, dubbed machining and manufacturing
center, at the Kampala Industrial and Business Park in Namanve.
Museveni in a speech
read by Rugunda said the center, the first of its kind in
Uganda, will help in two key pillars of appropriate technology,
human capital development, boosting industrialization.
“The project we are
launching today is intended to address the appropriate
technology and skilled manpower by introducing modern methods
and practices for machining and manufacturing,” said Museveni.
Museveni said the
project will address skills in mechatronics, which combines
technologies of mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics,
information processing, basic electricity, motor and motion
He added that
facility will help in computer numerical control technology for
manufacturing tools and equipment and precision machining, where
machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, and
drill presses, are used to produce precision metal and non-metal
Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, said the project, which is an
outcome of the 6th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
(FOCAC), will help Uganda address the youth unemployment and
“It is hoped that
this center in future can introduce modern manufacturing
technology to the local enterprises and equip the Ugandan youths
with key industrial skills, through which the center could
contribute to the national development plan of Uganda and
improve the Ugandan people’s well-being,” said Zheng.
Unemployment rate in
Uganda rose to 2.28 percent in 2016 from 2.15 percent in 2015,
according to Uganda’s Bureau of Statistics.
The project is being
implemented by Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI), on
behalf of the government of Uganda and sits on 15 acres of land
provided by the government through Uganda Investment Authority (UIA).
commenced on November 30th, 2017 and is slated to be
completed in two years.